Prem Mandir Revisited (Vrindaban, India) - by Janeshwari Devi
Posted Apr 10 2012 2:37pm
Prem Mandir Revisited
“One has to create a new word to describe this wonder known as Prem Mandir,” said Vivek Daga visiting from Kolkata. “This temple is so superb that there are no words to express it. I have never seen a marvelous place like this,” said Bala Kapoor of Amritsar.
News of the glory of Prem Mandir and the spiritual attraction one feels while visiting is spreading far and wide. Journalists in India have written that the structure rivals the Taj Mahal and that Prem Mandir has become synonymous with Vrindaban itself.
The local people have expressed their gratitude to Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj again and again for his, “Gift to Vrindaban.” The pandits and spiritual heads of Vrindaban’s eminent religious institutions and temples are seen daily during the arti times. In fact today, just six weeks after the temple opening, 10,000 people pass through the counters at the security gates every weekday. On weekends the crowd swells to 25,000 and on Holi 100,000 people visited during the four hours the temple was open.
The maximum crowd can be seen at 7:00 p.m. during the lighted musical fountain display when hundreds of people are mesmerized by the patterns made by the coloured water twisting, twirling and shooting out from water jets in the massive fountain. The patterns follow the ragas of the blissful kirtans of Radha Krishn being played. A video image of the kirtan sometimes appears on a “screen” of water.
The darshan of the stunningly adorned Deities is ever-new as their shringar (clothing and ornaments) are changed daily before the first arti at 5:30 a.m. Their beauty captures the heart of many of the visitors who feel the actual Divine presence of Radha Krishn in them. “I feel the Deities are talking and moving around with me,” said one deeply moved visitor.
Although the architecture of the temple is unparalleled, it is the Divine vibrations emanating from Prem Mandir that compel many to visit again and again. “I forgot myself and this world when I was in meditation and I felt completely peaceful. I wish to visit very often,” H. Thara of Tamil Nadu wrote in the guest register. “I wish to stay here forever,” wrote another. ~ by Janeshwari Didi
Daily Schedule at Prem Mandir 5:15 a.m. ~ jagran pad (waking song) 5:30 a.m. ~ darshan & Radha Krishn arti, Shree Ram Stuti 6:30 a.m. ~ bhog offering & geet (food offering to Deities and song) 8:30 a.m. ~ darshan & arti 11:45 a.m. arti 12:00 noon ~ close 4:30 p.m. ~ darshan & arti 5:30 p.m. ~ bhog offering & geet 7:00 p.m. ~ lighted musical fountain display 8:00 p.m. ~ arti 8:15 p.m. ~ shayan pad (sleeping song) 8:30 p.m. ~ close
Prem Mandir ki Jai! Vrindaban Dham ki Jai! Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj ki Jai!