ISKCON of Vrindavan and Mankameshwar of Agra

Vrindavan is located in Mathura. It is a district in Mathura. Mathura is known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is known for his bringing up. Vrindavan Mathura is one of the pilgrimage cities of India. There are hundreds of temples here. The best gift that you can give to your parents is Delhi Agra Mathura Vrindavan tour package. Agra is also full of Forts and monuments, but if you go beyond that, there are some beautiful temples. I am talking about the Mankameshwar Temple of Agra. The literal meaning of ‘Mankameshwar’ is ‘fulfilling the wish’. Let’s talk about the ISKCON temple of Vrindavan and Mankameshwar Temple of Agra.

ISKCON Temple of Vrindavan

The full form of ISKCON temple is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It is also known as the Hare Krishna movement. It is an initiative of Gaudiya of Vaishnav Hindu religious organization. Its origin lies in 1996 by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He was the founder of the organization and ISKCON was established in New York City in the United States of America. The intent of the establishment of scorn is to spread the consciousness of Lord Krishna. It is such an achievement, it that a Hindu Gods core belief is widely accepted by foreigners also.

The Foundation

The foundation of ISKCON is Hindu scriptures. Those Hindu scriptures are Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Gaudiya Vaishnav tradition. It is said that there are answers to all the questions in Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta. It is not comprised of imaginary problems and imaginary solutions. It talks about real life and one can be capable of taking great decisions of small and big problems of everyday life.

The Temple Timings

The temple opens in the morning at 4 a.m. and closes at 12:45 P.M. In the evening, it opens at 04:30 P.M. and closes at 08:45 P.M.

The Rituals at the Temple

There are various kinds of Artis or religious songs which keep taking place both in the morning and evening as per the temple timings. There are the Sermons related to Bhagavatham and other Hindu scriptures.

How to Reach ISKCON Temple of Vrindavan

It is located at Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg, Raman Reiti, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.

The Deities

There are various deities in the temple. There are the idols of Krishna and Balram in the centre. Lord Balram was the elder brother of Lord Krishna. The idols of both of them are placed in the centre. If we talk about the right side, there are idols of Radha Krishna with some other idols. These other idols are of Gopi, Lalitha, and Vishakha. Gopi is the word given to Lord Krishna only referring to his being the incharge of the herd of cows. As we know, Lord Krishna was earlier a son of a common man before he became the king. Lalitha is a Hindu goddess named as the Tripura Sundari. She is believed to be the manifestation of Goddess Parvati and it is worshipped as Maa Durga and Maa Mahakali. People have a strong belief that she is the highest form of Adi parashakti and primordial creator along with none other than Lord Shiva. Vishakh will be one of the nakshatras today an as per Hindu mythology. In earlier times, Visakh was the daughter of King Daksha. There are idols of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with Nityanand, and
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

The Mankameshwar Temple of Agra

The Mankameshwar Temple of Agra is another great location in Agra. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The best thing about Mankameshwar Temple is that whosoever in the world will go to this Temple with a pure heart, Lord Shiva will fulfill all his wishes.

How to Reach the Mankameshwar Temple of Agra

It is located at Daresi Road, Rawatpara, Saheb Bazar, Mantola, Agra, and Uttar Pradesh. It is located only 5 kilometres from Agra Cantonment and one kilometre from Agra Fort. You can go by cab, auto or some kind of private transport.

Creator of the Temple

It is said that Lord Shiva, he created this temple in the form of Shivling. The special reason because of which he took the initiative was the birth of Lord Krishna in Mathura. Lord Shiva took all the pains to travel from Mount Kailash only to visit Lord Krishna and take him in his lap. There is an interesting story behind Lord Shiva’s visit to Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna’s mother Yashoda got little scared of seeing the appearance of Lord Shiva and she refused to give Lord Krishna in his lap. As a result of it, Lord Krishna started to cry while pointing towards Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was staying under a Banyan Tree at that time. After seeing Lord Krishna crying, Maiya Yashoda went to Lord Shiva who was sitting under the tree and requested him to bless Lord Krishna. Lord Shiva did as Maiya Yashoda said and blessed Lord Krishna. When he came back to The Banyan tree, he created ‘The Shivling’ and this place was called as Mankameshwar Temple.

The Silver on Shivling

You would be surprised to know that ‘The Shivling’ in Mankameshwar Temple is covered with silver metal. It is a great deal to visit this Temple. In 2004, the Statue of Lord Krishna was also established over here. This was done under the guidance and supervision of Shrinathji and Sri Dwarkadhish Naath of Mathura. This initiative has made Mankameshwar Temple even more powerful and stronger for the devotees of both Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna.

Strict Rituals in Mankameshwar Temple

There is a ritual in Mankameshwar Temple that has to be followed by the people who are coming over here. Nobody is allowed to wear or carry any kind of leather items; nobody can wear Salwar suits, pajamas, and pants. The idea behind this ritual is people must respect their traditional culture and men must wear dhoti and Women must wear sarees. This is very important about temple philosophy. This shows how much respect there is for Indian culture. You will be amazed to know that people do follow it in order to enter the temple. It is simple for the Indians follow, but the foreigner’s tourist has also been seen wearing sarees and dhotis in order to enter the temple forgetting their wish fulfilled. This proves that the people have a lot of faith in Mankameshwar Temple. It is a must visit in Delhi to Agra by car.

I visited many other temples, some months ago when I came with my family on the same day Agra tour by car. This time I experienced a different sense of faith and divinity. I would really love to come over here again along with my friends who also have some kind of patience and calmness in the fast moving life of the 21st century.


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