“In the great books of India, an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence, which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the questions that exercise us.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Author
India has been praised, loved, visited often and is remembered for its rich cultural diversities. India is the only place in the whole universe where you will find strong indestructible and imperishable beliefs which are the foundations to every bond of humanity. As told by Emerson, our scripts and books on our stories told ages ago are still followed and every child in India knows about them irrespective of their religion, caste or creed. One such epic is the great Mahabharata. This most deep-seated recital told by our ancestors is the root to our culture and traditions. It teaches us the lessons of life and has brought changes in the lives of many. Even foreign countries have developed the habit of reading this Grantha and have become devotees of Lord Krishna. The enlightenment given by Lord Krishna on the battlefield is unforgettable and has brought peace and solace to many.
Lord Krishna, the beloved of many is often pictured as a naughty child who had immense powers and grew up with the ability to woo people and steal hearts. He is also known as Radhey (beloved of Radha). It is believed that he spent his life in three most important places. Read on to know what are those places and how do they exist in modern India.
Vrindavan is located 10km away from Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh. This is said to be the place where Lord Kirshna spent his childhood playing around with the beautiful girls (Gopis) and did all the naughty acts that we hear amusingly till date. The village of Vrindavan is where the young Krishna is said to have grown up. His naughty pranks, his brave acts of destroying demons and his way of taking care of his people are still a tale to marvel at. Pilgrims flock here from all over India – and in the case of the Hare Krishna community, from all over the world. Dozens of temples, old and modern, dot the area. They come in all shapes and sizes and many have their own unique peculiarities, making a visit here is a must if you wish to see the place and experience the whispers of his name. The chants of Lord Krishna are said to be heard in every wall. It is little wonder that Vrindavan is a major pilgrimage destination for the Hindus and has about 5000 temples to its credit. People worship Lord Krishna as the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the ruler of the universe.
The place is said to have lost its essence after the evolution of the age of vice, Kaliyuga. But apparently a sage named Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu rediscovered this place in 1515 and explored the forests to locate the sacred spots to build temples further. The place was destroyed partially by the Mughals but the city still stands firmly because nobody has ever been able to shake the foundations of this place and the beliefs of people. Some of the more prominent temples include Banke Bihari Temple, Rangji Temple, Govind Deo temple, and Madan Mohan temple. The ISKCON temple is a more recent addition and to a large extent it caters to foreign visitors in search of peace and enlightenment. Vedic knowledge and the teachings of the Srimad Bhagvad Geeta are also done in English. Geeta is nothing but the enlightenment that was given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefields.
This place is one of the most frequently visited tourist spots by foreigners. For people who are traveling from USA to India opt for business class flights from Newark to Lucknow. Newark is the place from where you have the availability of cheap flights from USA to India. Come visit this place where peacocks dance with joy and the land blesses you with sacredness and glory. Visit Vrindavan!
Located around 15km away from Mathura, this city is known to be the place that was ruled by King Kans, the uncle of Lord Krishna. This city is believed to be the one where Krishna’s parents were imprisoned after Kans hears a celestial announcement that tells him that his sister’s eighth child will kill him. He kills all the children one by one after their birth and when Krishna was born, his father carries him over his head and crosses river Yamuna to replace the child with Yashoda’s. That is how Yamuna became famous. Lord Krishna later kills Kans and the rest is history. So Gokul is where all of this happened. Visit Gokul to know more about the prison and the tales that people have, to tell you. This is the place that is very significant when it comes to Lord Krishna’s homeland. You should really consider booking flights to India and not miss the opportunity to see these places. You have the availability of last minute flights to India in case your plans are sudden. Check for the flight fares and start flying to see this mythical land that is waiting to show you how much it holds in itself. You will be surprised!
Barsana is the place where Krishna’s beloved Radha was born. This is a part of the Mathura city and is known as the land of love and eternity as Radha has taught us love and just love! People believe that if you wish to reunite with your beloved, come pray in the temples of Mathura and your wishes will come true. It is said that Lord Krishna, disguised as a peacock had danced here to win the heart of his eternal lover Radha. There is a shrine dedicated to Radha Krishna with the name Radha Rani Shriji temple and a lot of devotees flock to this temple during the Lathmar celebrations.
Talking further about Lathmar celebrations, Lathmar means beating someone with a stick. This is a funny tradition where the women carry Lath (sticks) to beat the men who come to smear colors on their faces. Holi was celebrated during Lord Krishna’s times. Hence, Holi is one of the major festivals in Uttar Pradesh. People just love to smear colors on each other, eat sweets, drink bhang and dance around during this time. Holi celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan are to be experienced at least once. It is a celebration of love and brotherhood which is a major festival in India as it represents our cultural strengths.
So this is all about Lord Krishna and the significant places related to his times in Mahabharata. Stay in touch with us to know what happened further in which city so that you don’t miss any city. We want to make sure that you know everything about India before booking your flights to India. At Indian Eagle we provide cheap tickets to India from USA and from other places as well. So if you have made plans, talk to our customer care executives and they will guide you according to your plans. Time to visit those places and live that era! Hare Krishna!