The holy town of Vrindavan, is home to ancient history dating centuries ago. The karamabhoomi of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan hustles with people all year, irrespective of the weather. Among several temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, I found a temple from the South Indian origin, the Rangji Temple in Vrindavan. Driven by curiosity, husband and I could not stop ourselves from visiting this beautiful temple, much different from others in the town. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Rangji Temple is a beautiful concoction of the north and south Indian architecture.
The glorious history
Build in 1851, this is the largest temple of Vrindavan that houses Lord Vishnu, Lord Ram, Goddess Sita, Lord Lakshman, Lord Venugopala and Lord Ramanujacarya. The main priests are South Indian Brahmins. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, and non-Indians are given access to the first two gateways only. With the outer walls towering at a height of 773 feet and a width of 440 feet, you can imagine the vastness of the space enclosed within.
Here is our photo blog on the beautiful Rangji Temple-
Inside the temple
The prayer hall
Other temples inside the premises
The famous gold pillar
Towering at 60 feet, the gold plated pillar is the Dhwaja Stambha or Garuda Stambha. Flag of the temple is hosted on this pillar during Bramhotsava.
The holy kund
Walkway of aashram
Those who dedicated themselves in the service of the lord or wowed to renounce the illusionary world, stay in this aashram. This is for the priests or elderly saints.
How to reach Rangji Temple in Vrindavan
Vrindavan has a major monkey menace. Hence exploring the place on foot is not advisable. Hire a rickshaw or shared auto to reach Rangji Temple which is close to Gandhi Chowk.
Find a lip smacking food trail in Vrindavan and Mathura here.
Summers- 5:30 to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 9 pm
Winters- 6-11 am, 3:30-8:30 pm