This beautiful temple has been established by the Interational Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
The temple has three altars. On the first altar are Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. The divine brothers, Sri Krishna and Balaram, are worshiped on the central altar and Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara along their confidental gopis, Lalita and Vishakha are on the third altar. Krishna Balarama Temple is Vrindavan’s most popular temple, and has one of the highest standards of deity worship and cleanliness.
Iskcon temple on Raman Reti Road in Vrindavan is the hub of the market sprung around it. Internet cafes, shops and stalls selling lemon soda, fruit, lassi, ethnic Indian clothes, perfumes, idols and a bank stand right across the road from the temple.
The temple opens for Mangala arti at 4 a.m.and closes at 8.30 p.m.after Shayan arati worship. Through the day it is thronged by visitors from Delhi and other places. Vrindavan, a two hour drive from Delhi and an hour's drive from Agrais the headquarter for Vaishnava devotees the world over. Iskcon is an organisation with international branches, and hosts visitors from abroad. The month of Kartik in November is particularly busy at Iskcon temple.
Srila Prabhupada Samadhi
In front of the temple is the beautiful white marble Samadhi Mandir of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). This is where his body was laid to rest after he left this world and returned to the spiritual world. His body was placed directly under where the large murti of Srila Prabhupada is located.
Normally the bodies of dead people are burned and the ashes are put in a holy river. But in the case of a paramahamsa, a highly elevated devotee of Lord Krishna, the body is not burned, but buried in samadhi. This is because the body of a pure devotee is spiritual.
Every year in the month of Kartika (Oct-Nov) there is a festival here to celebrate the disappearance of Srila Prabhupada. On the upper floor of the museum side of the samadhi there is a video machine, where videos of Srila Prabhupada are shown. There is also a picture exhibit on the upper floor.
Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School (BGIS) is located in Raman Reti, Vrindavan which is the abode of Lord Krishna and home to over 5,000 temples. The campus is situated next to Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Temple (ISKCON) which is a national heritage.
Srila Prabhupada quarters.
These are the rooms used by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Krishna-Balaram Mandir in Vrindavan. Within 11 years of his personal presence he oversaw phenomenal success and growth which by 1977 had translated into over 108 temples and centres worldwide.
His greatest works was translations Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad Bhagavatam and the Chaitanya Charitamrita which anyone who reads will quickly attain love of God. His books are the law books for the next 10,000 years. This Krishna Balaram Temple in Vrindavan will become so famous that eventually the whole world will know who Srila Prabhupada is and how he saved the world from its headlong rush into the depths of hellish existence.