Steeped in the childhood memories of Lord Krishna stands Vrindavan, one of the most important pilgrim centers for the Vaishnavite Hindus in India. Flanked by the Yamuna River, this small hamlets' claim to fame is in fact its intimate association with Lord Krishna and its numerous temples which number more than four thousand. On your Tours to Vrindavan it is surely not possible to cover all the Holy Places in Vrindavan but of those that feature on your list the Jugal Kisore Temple should definitely be one.
History of the Jugal Kisore Temple, Vrindavan :
Emperor Akbar visited Vrindavan in the year 1570. On his visit he gave the Gaudiya Vaishnavas permission to build four temples. Of these the Jugal Kisore Temple was one. The other three were the Madan Mohan Temple, the Govindaji Temple and the Gopinatha Temple. Construction started soon after and the temple was finally complete in the year 1627.
Description of the Jugal Kisore Temple, Vrindavan :
The Jugal Kisore Temple is not just one of the oldest temples in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh; it is also one of the most beautiful temples in Vrindavan. Built of red sandstone, it is sure to impress any onlooker. Visited by a large number of devotees to this day, its over all ambience is very effervescent. The ghat beside which this temple is located is one of the most famous bathing places in Vrindavan. A large number of people throng this ghat to take a sacred dip in the river.
According to popular legend, Kesi demon was killed by Lord Krishna over here. The demon had appeared in the form of a gigantic horse, in fact it is after this demon that the ghat is also named. The story goes that after killing him, Lord Krishna took a bath in this ghat. Therefore the temple is also sometimes referred to as the Kesi Ghata Temple. It is definitely well worth a visit when in Vrindavan. Admire the architectural skills manifested in the temple building which has survived the test of time, pay homage to the idol, offer your prayers and seek his blessings - you are sure to enjoy the visit. Another added attraction for the visitors is the arati to the Yamuna River in the evenings. It is a visual delight to see the brightly lit lamps in the dark.