Prem Mandir has been built under the auspices of Jagadguru Kripalu Prishat (JKP). JKP is an international, nonprofit, spiritual, educational, social and charitable organization and is one of the finest temple in Brij Chetra (Area of Krishna's Childhood). The main thing to note is that the beautiful stone carving is carried out by KUKA Robotics.(They have done excellent job). The main focus of the temple is Prem Ras Leela (The art of Devine love) of Radha Krishna. Figures of Shri Krishna and his followers depicting important events surrounding the Lord’s existence cover the main temple is an elaborately carved, white marble wonder.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains, the temple complex will also have educational exhibits to enlighten visitors with the eternal knowledge of our scriptures.
Work started here on 14 January 2001. More than 1000 craftsmen, artisans and specialists from various parts of the country have been toiling day and night to create a pure marble temple in the original Som Nath style. It has taken 11 years and expanses over Rs. 150 crore. 30,000 tons of Italian marble, carved with specialized KUKA robotic machines, have been used in the construction. The length of the temple is 185 feet and the width is 135 feet.The influence of south Indian culture of craftsmanship can be seen in the Temple. The designing work has been done by the Suman Ray Trivedi Sompura from Gujarat. It is a massive marble structure with twelve feet thick walls, all pure marble and the presiding deity will be Radha Krishna.
When you enter the temple premises through the beautifully engraved entrance door, one beholds the exquisite beauty of the grand temple, the beautiful gardens and the lively dioramas, all of which give extreme mental peace to the beholder.
§ Main Temple
The spotlessly white marbled Prem Mandir is like a pearl in the center of the spacious temple premises. All the entrance doors of the temple are beautifully carved. The pillars are engraved with beautiful statues of Kinkari Sakhis and Manjari Sakhis serving Shri Radha Krishana in various ways. The entire temple is brightly lit with attractive chandeliers. All the doors and windows are also beautifully engraved.
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The floor and the walls are decorated with colourful semi-precious stones, depicting floral vines with flowers and buds. The engravings on the main sanctum and its ceiling are extraordinary attractive and eye-catching. The inner walls of the temple are inlaid using semi-precious stones and with selected verses extracted from ‘Prem Ras Madira’ and ‘Radha Govind Geet’, both written by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj.
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§ First Floor- Shri Sita Ram
The sanctum on the first floor has beautiful deities of Janaknandini Shri SIta Ji and Dashrathnandan Shri Ramchandra Ji along with their foremost devotee, Shri Hanuman Ji. On the same floor one beholds some important pastimes from the life of Shri Gaurang Mahaprabhu as well. The grand statue of the previous original Jagadgurus and the Rasik Saints of Braj are also displayed here. Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj reconciles and honors the philosophies of the previous original Jagadgurus and has paid homage to them by establishing their statue in Prem Mandir.
§ Second Floor- Shri Radha Krishna
The ground floor has the beautiful deities of Vrishbhanunandini Shri Radharani and Nandnandan Shri Krishna, along with the eight Mahasakhis, their dearest associates. The doors of the sanctum are made of pure sandalwood. On both sides of the sanctum doors, couplets are inlaid using semi-precious stones. On the same floor is a beautifully statue of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj and the beautiful statue of the distinguished speakers of Shrimad Bhagvat,Shri Sukhdev Paramhans. The inner walls of the temple depict the various pastimes of Shri Radha and Krishna.
The two staircases on either side of the ground floor of the temple, leading to the first floor are decorated with artistically carved pillars, engraved with beautifully peacocks.
The Circumambulation route, which is 40 feet wide, begins from the main entrance of the temple. This route consists of beautifully engraved pillars, 8 latticed windows, 48 panels displayed on the ground floor and 32 panels displayed on the first floor. In all these 80 panels, the different pastimes of Shri Krishna as described in the Shrimad Bhagavat Puran have been chronologically displayed in three dimensional formats.
Prem Mandir is a monument of God’s love. Prem Mandir is a like a magnet that attracts the heart and mind of every sincere spiritual seeker and everyone who desires to experience the love of God. It has revealed, rejuvenated and firmly established the true form of devotion, and gives guidelines and devotional material for spiritual aspirants for all time to come. Kripalu Trayodashi, a profound and concise overview of all Hindu philosophy in only thirteen verses, composed by Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, is displayed just next to the main shrine. 84 scenes of Radha Krishna leelas are carved into the outer walls. In the surrounding beautiful gardens there are fountains and scenes of Radha Krishna in Jhulan Leela, Govardhan Leela, Kaliya Naag Leela and more that are treasures for roop dhyan. A massive dome shaped sadhana hall is being constructed so that thousands of devotees can do their devotion together. In Prem Mandir, you don’t just hear the word “Prem”, you learn the philosophy of what “Prem” is and have the chance to actually experience it.
§ The latest statistics from Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat facebook page show that the visitor count is approaching 1 million per month (823,870 in July 2013 alone). The amazing thing is that Prem Mandir complex is so huge that you never feel crowded and there are no queues. When you enter the Prem Mandir monument, you feel like it is just you there, alone with Radha Krishna or Sita Ram.
How to reach:-
By Road- Easy connectivity from Agra (70 km on NH2) and Delhi (145 km on NH2).
Nearest Railway Station- Mathura Junction (MTJ) 10.5 km
Nearest Airport- Agra Airport 75 km
From Railway Station there are 2 ways to reach here. One goes inside the city of Mathura via Bhuteshwar road , via Birla Temple,Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg and you will find Prem Mandir. Other one goes through High-Way (National Highway 2). OnNational Highway 2 you can get in Vrindavan by turning in at Chatikara (you can see large statue of Godess Durga near by this area), and you are on Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg.
Timings of Darshans-
05:30 a.m.- Mangla (Morning) Darshan and Aarti.
06:30 a.m.- Bhog Darshan and Prayers
08:30 a.m.- Shringar Darshan
11:45 a.m.- Aarti
12:00 noon - Temple Closes
4:30 p.m. - Evening Darshan and Aarti
5:30 p.m. - Bhog and Prayers
7:00 p.m. - Musical fountain show with beautiful light show.
8:00 p.m. - Aarti
8:15 p.m. - Shayan Darshan
8:30 p.m. - Temple Closes
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