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Braj has its origin back to 5000 years. With the arrival of lord Krishna about 5000 years ago this cultural heritage started and endlessly continued through the medieval historic period of Shung, Maurya, Kushana when Mathura the capital city of Braj was completely influenced by the Buddhists culture. The sacred land of Braj also went through the invasions and destructions by the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. Between 11th and 15th century, for around 800 years the region was under the rule of the Muslim rulers from Delhi. The whole region including Mathura and Vrindavan has the impressions of this rule which tried to suppress the Hindu culture.

During 16th century, with the spread of bhakti movement in India the Saints Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from Bengal and Vallabhacharya began the rediscovery of Braj through bhakti movement and thus along with their followers, recovered and reinstalled the deities (which were hidden in the kunds fearing the destruction from Muslim rulers between 11th and 15th century) in the temples.

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About Banke Bihariji

Bankey Bihari Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, in the holy city of Vrindavan in the Mathura district. Bankey Bihari was originally worshiped at Nidhivana. Bankey means “bent in three places” and bihari means “supreme enjoyer.” The image of Lord Krishna stands in the Tribhanga posture. Haridas Swami originally worshipped this devotional image under the name of Kunj-bihari (“Enjoyer of Lakes”).

‘Bankey’ means ‘bent’, and ‘Bihari’ or ‘Vihari’ means ‘enjoyer’. This is how Krishna, who is bent in three places, got the name “Bankey Bihari”. According to Sri Brahmasamhita (verse 5.31), Brahma says the following about Krishna:

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About Shri Haridasji

Haridas’s father was a Saraswat Brahmin from Multan and that his mother’s name was Chitra Mata. The family migrated to a village called Rajpur , near Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. Haridas was born there in 1480 and the village is now called Rajpur gram in his honor. This village holds that he died in 1575. He was disciple of Shri Ashudheer Maharaj, also his father who followed the Nimbarka Sampradaya, he is said to be the Avatar of Shri Lalita Sakhi. He was deeply learned and widely acquainted with the music of his time. Mention is found in his works of stringed instruments such as the kinnari and aghouti and of drums such as the mridang and daff.Read More

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About Shri Vrindavan

Vrindavan included in the city of Mathura, situated at a distance of 15 km from Mathura, Vrindavan is an important religious and historical city located in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh state of India.

Vrindavan is associated with the Leela of Lord Krishna. This place is considered to be the center of some supernatural child pastimes of Shri Krishna. There are a large number of temples of Shri Krishna and Radha Rani here.