Prem Mandir is a Hindu temple, and it is a temple of Lord Krishna. It is located in Vrindavan (Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh). As Lord Krishna's childhood was spent in Vrindavan, that's why many temples of Lord Krishna are located there. But Prem Mandir is very beautiful among them, and it is a major tourist attraction. The entrance of Prem Mandir is very grand.
The architecture type of the temple is Rajasthani Somnath Gujarati architecture. The type of white marble used in constructing this is Italian Carrara marble, and its elevation is 169.78 meters. The construction of the prem mandir was started in January 2001 and completed on 17 Feb 2012.
There are idols of Radha Krishna and Ram Sita God in this temple. The idols of Radha and Sita are dressed up in ghagra choli (a type of Indian cloth), and the idols of Ram and Krishna are also dressed up with the similar type of clothes. In that dress, both the idols of Radha Krishna and Ram Sita look beautiful. These idols are also decorated with ornaments and garlands of flowers. The idol of Kripalu Ji Maharaj is also situated in the Prem Mandir.
The Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat maintains this temple, and in short, he is known as JKP. The presidents of JKP are Dr. Krishna Tripathi, Dr. Vishakha Tripathi, and Dr. Shyama Tripathi.
1. Main Temple:
The pristine white marbled Prem Mandir sits in the center of the expansive temple grounds like a gem. The temple's entry doors are wonderfully sculpted. Beautiful figures of Manjari sakhis and kinkari sakhis serving Shri Radha Krishana in diverse ways are carved into the pillars. Beautiful lights illuminate the whole temple. Floral vines with flowers and buds are depicted on the walls and floor with multicolored semi-precious stones.
2. First Floor:
Beautiful deities of Lord Sita and Lord Ram and their most ardent devotee, Lord Hanuman, are found in the sanctum on the first floor. A large statue of the Rasik Saints of Braj and Jagadgurus is also displayed there. The stairs leading from the first floor to the second floor are decorated with carved pillars, and beautiful peacocks are engraved on these pillars.
3. Second Floor:
The wonderful deities of Shri Radharani and Shri Krishna are found on the second floor. Sandalwood is used to construct the sanctum's doors. A lovely statue of Jagadguru is found on the same floor. Many pastimes of Shri Radha and Krishna are represented on the temple's inner walls.
The parikrama route, which is 40 feet wide, starts from the temple's main entrance. This pathway features wonderfully carved pillars, eight latticed windows, 48 ground-floor panels, and 32 first-floor panels. Many pastimes of Shri Krishna described in the Shrimad Bhagavata Purana are depicted in 3-D formats in all the 80 panels chronologically. Thousands of devotees would be able to perform their devotion simultaneously in a big dome-shaped sadhana hall.
5. The festivals celebrated in the temple are:
Tourists can visit Prem Mandir from 5:30 am to 12 pm in the morning and 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the evening. Prem Mandir's premises have been decorated very beautifully, and many tourists come to see this decoration only. Here all the memories of Lord Krishna's childhood are shown in the form of an idol like Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan mountain, rasleela with gopis, cracking an earthen pot filled with butter with his friends, and playing the flute while sitting among cows. All these scenes are very attractive, and other than this, visitors also like the musical fountain of the temple.
The temple looks more beautiful during the evening and night because all the lights of this temple are switched on at that time. The lighting colors keep changing, which creates an illusion that the color of the prem mandir is also changing.
Prem Mandir attracts the heart and intellect of every true spiritual seeker and is like a magnet for anyone who wants to feel the love of God. According to the most recent statistics from the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat's Facebook page, the number of monthly visitors on the page is approaching one million. The beautiful part of the Prem Mandir is that its compound is so large, and that's why no crowd and line is ever seen there. When you enter inside the Prem Mandir, you have the distinct impression that you are the only one there with Radha Krishna or Sita Ram.