The city of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh is steeped in mythology. It is said to be the childhood home of the Hindu god Krishna. The god king and avatar of Vishnu was born in nearby Mathura, but had to be rescued upon his birth in order to escape death by the hands of his uncle, the tyrant ruler Kansa. Krishna was prophesized to bring an end to Kansa’s rule, and as he grew he would end up saving many lives and slaying demons despatched by Kansa, all while charming everyone with his mischief and beauty. One of the tales involves slaying the horse demon Keshi along the Yamuna River. Today, the spot where he performed the heroic deed is marked by a temple called the Keshi Ghat Temple, also known as the Jugal Kishore or Jugal Kisore Temple. ALSO READ: Vrindavan Photos: Images of The Hindu Pilgrim Destination Where Shri Krishna Spent His Childhood
The story behind the temple is millennia old, but the temple itself is new, at least in relative terms. Built in 1627, the Jugal Kishore Temple is currently one of the oldest surviving temples in Vrindavan. The Mughal Emperor Akbar visited Vrindavan sometime in 1570 CE, giving permission to build four temples. The Jugal Kishore Temple was one of the approved temples constructed by the Gaudiya Vaishnavas. Located by the famed Keshi Ghat at the lower end of Vrindavan, the temple was eventually built by Sambat. It was completed in 1684, during the reign of the next Mughal Emperor, Jehangir. Like the other three ancient temples ordered by Akbar, this one too is made of red sandstone, with a rather large 25 square foot choir and a main entrance to the east. Unlike the other three temples, though, the Jugal Kishore Temple still has its original deity intact inside.
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