I have been AWOL! I should have finished this post long ago. Anyway, I shall finish this set by Tuesday.
Vrindavan is where Krishna spent the bulk of his childhood, with his sweetheart, Radha. It is here that the gopis used to sing for him, and if legend is to be believed he was quite the playboy.
The town is situated on the banks of the Yamuna, and the most famous ghat here is called the Keshi Ghat, where they hold evening prayers. Then, there is the Nidhivan – a little wooded garden, said to hold the spirits of the gopis.
Two of the more famous temples that I visited were the Madan Mohan Temple, and the Banke Bihari Temple. We had dinner, the first night, at the ISKON Temple. I have to say that I did not like the food at all.
Much better was the Marwari Food at a Marwari restaurant near the Banke Bihari Temple. You need to ask the local people how to get there, or you can get lost. Anyway, walk along the path towards the sweet shop of Radhey Sham Agarwal, Continue on to a shop where you get some really nice kurtas, and from there on, to the Marwari restaurant.
These are not towns, by the way, where you san sip a latte at Starbucks by the river side, and I am glad for this
Walking along the paths next to the Madan Mohan Temple (which is next to the Yamuna), you do get some pretty nice lassi. Sadly, they only sell the sweet variety and not the salted one.
A dark side to Vrindavan, is the number of widows who come there to beg, to be prostituted, and to live out sad lives before they die.
And yet, on the birthday of the Lord, all darkness is forgotten as the prayers break out at the temples. Crowds throng the streets, and pilgrims sleep out in the open. All waiting for him to come to earth again.