1. Mystery or miracle?
All of us have visited or at least heard of the Nidhivan temple in Vrindavan. While the authenticity of the story behind it cannot be vouched for, it nevertheless is amazing to read about this “God’s own abode” in one of the holiest town of the country.
2. Where is it?
Nidhivan is a sacred temple of Bankey bihari which is situated at Vrindavan. The major part of the temple is surrounded with huge bushy forests.
3. Where does it derive the name from?
The temple derives its name from Nidhi meaning Treasure and van meaning forest.
4. Hollow trees
An amazing part of the forest is that all trees and hollow here and have their branches twisted downwards.
5. Greenery all around
Also the land at the temple is really dry - still the trees remain green all throughout the year.
6. Trees or gopis?
It is said that these trees are in fact ‘Gopis’. After nightfall, they perform maharasleela with Shree Krishna and Radha Rani.
7. Connection with God
Those with wholesome devotion feel something amazing and attractive in this place. From all over the world, devotees come here to worship the unique form of god.
8. Life all around
There is also an abundance of monkeys and chirping birds in Nidhivan. All the priests and devotees chants mantras in this place and makes the surrounding pure and religious.
9. Story of the well
There is also a small well inside the area. It is believed that one while performing raas-leela; radha became thirsty and Krishna built a well with his flute and quenched her thirst.
10. God in all its glory
Inside the temple, there is a beautifully decorated and an attractive statue of Radha-Krishna. Thousands of devotees visit here and offers prayers.
11. The mystery behind it
After the evening aarti, all the windows in front of Nidhivan gets closed till the morning.
12. Restricted entry
It is believed that after nightfall, Shri Krishna himself comes here and performs ‘Maha-raasleela’. Many locals have claimed to have heard the sound of "ghungroos" at night.
13. Trees light up
It is said that all the trees around the are light up at night to welcome the Gods.
14. No human allowed
Night stay at Bankey Bihari temple is restricted after sunset. Those who have stayed back have either been found dead or have lost their minds.
15. Pleasing the god
After the evening puja; some beautifying items like a saree, some laddus, bangles, paan leaves, kalash jal etc are kept and the temple is locked.
16. Pleasing the god
In the morning, as the temple gate opens everything is found scattered, sweets are tasted and the paan leaves are chewed. It is believed that after raas leela; Shree Krishna and radha rani comes there for rest.
17. Love and devotion
It is said that it is the love and devotion of the people of Vrindavan that forces Krishna to come there every night.
18. God's home
It is said that god really resides in the temple and there is enough proof of that.
19. Divine intervention
Many historians and scientists, in a bid to unlock the mystery have visited this place but came back convinced that this place really houses the Lord.
20. Another story
There is another story of the rock found in the garden. Once, a young Krishna and his friends were playing hide and seek in forest and the Lord hid behind the mountain.
21. Another story
It is said that by hearing the sweet flute of Shree Krishna, the large mountain got melted into a rock piece.
22. Foot prints
In the present date, the foot prints of Bal Krishna and his calf can be seen on the mountain.