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Nidhivan is one of the most popular and mysterious temples in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, the land where Lord Krishna was born. The place is also called Madhuvan.


A divine saint called Swami Haridasa did hard penance in Nidhivan. He was a devotee of Lord Krishna. He used to please Lord Krishna or “Thakur” or “Bankey Bihari” through his melodious music at this place, which was full of small-sized trees. His music bathed the entire place with devotion, love, and spirituality.

Pleased with this devotion, Lord Krishna appeared in his dreams one night and also blessed the place.


“Nidhi” means “treasure” and “Van” means “forest.” Nidhivan is the periphery area of the Lord Krishna temple in Vrindavan. It is full of trees. There is a clean pathway and a small house with a glass gate, which stays locked. The house features beautiful statues of Lord Krishna and Radha adorned by jewels.

Nidhivan houses several interesting spots. Tourists can find the Radha Rani Temple, the Samadhi of Swami Haridasa, the spot where Lord Krishna appeared before the divine saint, the Costume spot of Lord Priya-Priyatam, where they adorn each other, and the spot featuring small-sized trees, which are believed to be ‘gopis.’


According to legend, Lord Krishna visits Nidhivan during the night. The small-sized trees turn into ‘gopis.’ Lord Krishna dances with gopis throughout the night and performs “Ras-Leela.” As dawn breaks, everything turns back to normal and gopis turn to trees.

A mysterious and popular concept associated with Nidhivan is that after “aarti,” no live creature, including humans and animals, can stay in the periphery of the temple. In case anybody stays here during the night, he or she either dies, or turns deaf, dumb, blind, or lame. In other words, the person is not found fit enough to reveal the secret of Lord Radha-Krishna to the world.

Even today, priests here place a couple of toothbrushes, a folded sari for Radha, four sweets (‘laddoos’), a jug containing holy water, and a well-made bed after ‘aarti’ in the evening. The next morning, when the priest enters the temple, everything is found as if somebody was in the temple during the night and used the things. The sweets are found half-eaten; sari is found unfold, bed is found to be used, and so on.

According to the priests, Lord Radha-Krishna, also called Priya-Priyatam, come here during the night and carry out their spiritual activities or ‘leela.’

Nearby Attractions

Mathura is a famous tourist spot and has high religious significance, as it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. It is located 15 km from Vrindavan.

About 21 km from Vrindavan is Deeg, which is a popular tourist attraction dotted with beautiful gardens, majestic palaces, and more.

Agra, famous for the Taj Mahal, is 67 km from Vrindavan. Tourists coming to Nidhivan can easily go to Agra to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Temple Timings

The temple opens with the breaking of dawn and closes at 5 in the evening daily. Nobody is allowed to stay in and around the temple after 5pm.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to come to Vrindavan is from November to March. Summers are too hot here. Tourists coming during February and March can see the celebration of Holi festival here.

How to Reach

By Air

The nearest airport is in Agra, about 67 km from Vrindavan. Tourists can avail themselves daily flights from Agra to Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata. They can hire a taxi to reach Vrindavan.

By Rail

The nearest main railway station is at Mathura, which is 15 km. Several express trains link Mathura to main cities like Agra, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore.

By Road

Vrindavan is also well connected to main cities like Agra, Delhi, and Mathura. Tourists can avail themselves of regular bus services and taxis. They can see around Vrindavan in auto-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, and cabs, or simply walk around the place.

Vrindavan is 145 km from Delhi. Tourists coming from the Capital of India can take the Yamuna Expressway for a convenient and quick journey.

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