[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he fast-paced life of modern times has built a culture – where you eat, sleep and simply worship your work. These devoid people from spending quality time with their family, as individuals lose connection with the mystic sphere of their being. But every once in a while, a touch of spirituality brings the vigour back into the mortals. The perfect place to experience it is Vrindavan – the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.
Approximately 15 kilometres from Mathura, the city of the Lord’s birthplace, the town has hundreds of temples dedicated to the worship of Krishna and his consort Radha.
Located on the banks of the Yamuna River in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Vrindavan has a lot to offer to followers of Krishna, including the grand ritual of evening ‘aarti’ at the Keshi Ghat.
“Here, Lord Krishna used to graze his cattle. He had to face the trickery of Kanksha – who was on a constant mission to kill the god himself – on several occasions at this very place. Once, he sent his big brother Kesi to kill the Lord but the exact opposite happened as Krishna killed Kansha’s demon sibling. Thus, this place was christened as Kesi Ghaat,” Ajay Sharma, a saffron-clad guide, explained to a group of tourists as we walked past them at the ghat.
One of the most important temples is the Govinda Deo, built in 1590. Other popular temples include Madan Mohan, Banke Bihari, Radha Vallabh, ISCKON temple, Jaigurudeo, Sri Radha Raman, Shahji, Rangaji, Govinda Deo, Sri Krishna-Balarama, Radha Damodar, Shri Maa Katyayni, Chintaharan Hanuman, Shree Radha Ras Bihari Ashta Sakhi, and Seva Kunj.
What if you are told that your stay at Vrindavan might come in with extended spirituality – essence of the holy city surrounding you 24*7, even when you are not inside the premises of any of the famous temples. A stay at the Nidhivan Sarovar Portico hotel – which promises an extended spiritual experience – has been long known for its “saatwik food” and for following “Braj” culture – a way of life that Lord Krishna had experienced way back.
The hotel’s food menu offers dishes without onion and garlic to maintain the sacredness of the land, but it doesn’t shy away from serving western dishes, minus the said ingredients. From savouring Baked beans in the morning to chomping on Pasta in Arrabiata sauce at night – visitors experience a perfect blend of the western cuisine with a touch of Indianness.
Also, visitors with a sweet tooth are in for a ride as it has distinct dishes like the Baked Boondi, Mango Sabudana Kheer apart from the regular Gulab Jamun or a Banana Split ice-cream. The accommodation service along with warm welcome perfectly complements the cuisine at the hotel.
“Our hotel offers great hospitality for a soothing stay in Vrindavan. We have completely soaked in ‘Braj’ culture,” states Ratnesh Sahey, General Manager at Nidhivan Sarovar Portico.
With spirituality in mind and promise of such enhancing stay in the holy land, it is quite clear that a tourist’s take away is a divine experience – through the spirituality in the abode of Lord Krishna.