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On the banks of the Yamuna River at Vrindavan, old, dilapidated pieces of history stand today at the three Ghats, or a series of steps leading to the water level of a river, which are namely Arati Ghat, Akura Ghat, and the famous Kesi Ghat.  This Ghat is famous throughout India as it is believed to be the place around which Lord Krishna spent his childhood.

Small Boats wait for a Repair job on the North bank of Yamuna river at Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

Pedestrian Bridge under-construction over the Yamuna Bridge near Kesi Ghat

Pannas and Sadhus congregate at Kesi Ghat

A Medevial Building on Akura Ghat

An Archway at Akura Ghat

A Sadhu Rests underneath an Arch at Kesi Ghat

Another Sadhu Walks towards Kesi Ghat from Akura Ghat

Kesi Ghat with the Famous Kadam Tree on the Background

A Push Cart Stands besides a Small Resting House at Kesi Ghat

Rhesus Monkeys Enjoying Bananas Offered by Pilgrims at Akura Ghat

A Watch Tower that Looks Out at the Yamuna River at Kesi Ghat

Standing on the banks of the Yamuna river in the town of Vrindavan, Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh is the highly revered temple of Banke Bihari. This temple is an important pilgrimage for the followers of the hindu Deity Krishna and his consort Radharani. Given the massive following that Lord Krishna enjoys, the temple is flooded with thousands of eager pilgrims who come from all corners of India and Nepal during the monsoon month of Shhrawan when the Jhulan festival takes place. Devotees of Lord Krishna come in droves to the Banke Bihari temple during this special time for the special unveiling of the Lord Krishna and Radharani’s statues. The statues of Lord Krishna and Radharani are in the classical Tribhaga mode where their figures are bent in the knee, hip and neck which is also known as “Banke”. The “Banke” is a type of posture closely associated with Lord Krishna.

The temple management committee vehemently opposes taking photos of the legendary Banke Bihari statues when they are unveiled for public viewing. Generally, these viewings are rather brief in nature and offer a glimpse of the statues that does not last longer than a few seconds at a time. None-the-less, the pilgrims and devotees visiting the Banke Bihari temple have an unrivaled fervor towards Lord Krishna and Radharani, which creates a highly energetic and colorful atmosphere inside the temple.

One will not fail to notice the kaleidoscopic array of colors swirling around the temple. Garlands and flowers hang on every wall for this special occasion, as the pilgrims rejoice the life and times of Lord Krishna and Radharani with bhajans and kirtans.

Banke Bihari Temple has been Decorated for the Jhulan Festival during the Month of Shhrawan

Inside the Banke Bihari Temple during the Month of Shhrawan

Inside the Banke Bihari Temple during the Month of Shhrawan

A Covered Fan inside the Banke Bihari Temple

A Covered Fan inside the Banke Bihari Temple

Nandi - Inside the Banke Bihari Temple

Nandi - Inside the Banke Bihari Temple

Banke Bihari Temple in full Bloom in the Month of Shhrawan

Banke Bihari Temple in full Bloom in the Month of Shhrawan