Gita Mandir is also called Birla Mandir which is situated on the outskirts of Mathura on the Mathura-Vrindavan road. The Birla Mandir have become popular for their grandiose architecture and design and are also the most prominent landmarks wherever they are constructed. This temple is one of the most visited temples in Mathura. This shrine is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and God Narayan.
Gita Mandir, Mathura is a grand temple that is constructed by Jugal Kishore Birla. He is a scion of the Birla family and a noted philanthropist, spiritualist, and humanist. The Birla Mandir is a unique fusion of Hindu culture, tradition, exquisite carvings, magnificent paintings, excellent craftsmanship, and beautiful architecture along with the Western Genre. This temple is built with red sandstone and its two incredible marble structures are the major attractions. One is Hanuman Temple and the other is Gita Stambh (Pillar) or Victory Tower. The Gita Stambh signifies the victory of truth over evil as witnessed in the epic, Mahabharata. In addition to it, it is called the Gita Mandir because the main hall of this temple is adorned with all the verses of the Bhagavad Gita which is the eternal source of wisdom for mankind. The depictions of Arjuna along with his guide and friend Lord Krishna in a chariot that is delightful and inspiring.
The Mathura Mandir also includes other statues such as Lord Krishna and Radha Rani, Lakshmi-Narayan and Ram and Sita. All the sculptures of the Lord are well adorned and ornamented. Inside the temple, devotees will see Krishna’s chariot along with outstanding images of numerous gods and goddesses carved on the marble walls. Temple is surrounded by the lovely gardens that are the right settings for connecting with one’s inner self and losing oneself in complete devotion to God. The whole area of Gita Mandir is neat, clean and well maintained and provides the serene ambiance to the pilgrims.
The famous festivals of this temple are Janmashtami and Holi, thus, it is considered as the best time to visit this temple. During these festivals, the Gita Mandir is beautifully decorated and illuminated as well as looks stunning. It remains open to the public on all the days of the week.
It is located 5 km from the city center. En-route Vrindavan, anyone can visit this temple. But if someone wants to come from Mathura, then one can take a private or government bus to visit this temple. One can also take auto-rickshaw and taxi to reach there. After visiting the Gita Mandir, one can head towards other famous attractions that are Dwarkadheesh Temple, Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Kans Qila, Vishram Ghat, and Mathura Museum and much more.
Gita Mandir Timings: 6:00 A.M – 7:00 P.M