The picture of Bihariji established in the Shri Banke Bihari Mandir, is the one granted to Swami Haridas by the divine couple Shyama-Shyam themselves. Submitting to the longing of followers The Lord emerged up in person with his awesome partner and left back a dark enchanting picture before disappearing.
Swami Haridas was born to Shri Ashudhir and his wife Smt. Gangadevi upon the arrival of Radha Ashtami i.e. eighth day of second (bright) fortnight of Bhadrapad month of the year 1535 Vikrami (1478 A.d.). He was born in a very small village, now recognized as Haridaspur, close Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. The linage of the family can be outlined back to Shri Gargacharya. Shri Gargachrya was the Kulaguru (family Guru) of Yadavas and went to Brij without notice to anybody for conducting the Namakarana Samskara (naming ceremony) of little Krishna and Balarama on appeal of Sri Vasudeva. An extension of the family moved to Multan (now in Pakistan), however some of them returned after quite a while. Sri Ashudhir was one such migrant who in the wake of coming back from Multan settled at the outskirts of Brij, close Aligarh.
Swami Haridas was the rebirth of Lalita “sakhi” (female mate), of the internal consortium of Lord Krishna. This effortlessly clarifies the way that even in his childhood. He was more into consideration and scriptures, while other children of his age were engaged in playing. He was got married at the appropriate age as per the time to Harimati. Even after his marriage, he stayed away from worldly joys and focused on meditation. Harimatiji was such a righteous soul herself, to the point that on understanding the inclination of her husband, she prayed strongly and was substantial transported to the heavenly abode of Lord by entering the flame of a small lamp in the presence of Haridas. No physical remains were deserted.
Shortly after that Haridas left his village for Vrindavan, which was a thick jungle that period and picked a secluded spot, which is currently recognized as Nidhivan, to rehearsal his music and to take pleasure in everlasting bliss of meditation. He always and constantly meditated on Nitya Ras and Nitya Bihar of Lord at Nitya Vrindavan. His method for Sadhna was to create and sing melodies in the applause of Lord. While on earth, living in a mortal state, he encouraged his standard unhindered entrance in the Nitya Bihar and constantly enjoyed the delight of closeness of Lord. He picked a confined and thickly forested area, Kunj, in Nidhivan as his door to the nirvana and was mainly sitting there, singing, meditating and surfing in the sea of endless bliss.
His followers were interested about this spot and one day with consent of Swamiji, they all entered the kunj. But instead of seeing anything all were nearly blinded by brilliant, extraordinary light, which appeared to fill the entire spot. On knowing of their situation Swamiji himself went there, and that after his requests, God emerged in person with his heavenly consort, charmingly smiling and in a lively mind-set and casting a spell of charm on every living being present there. The individuals, who saw this, were so spell limited by the magnificence of the Lord and his consort, that they couldn’t even blink their eyes, it appeared that every one of them had transformed into stone statues.
The legend as passed on to the eras of Goswamis, says that the prettiness of the divine couple was such that nobody wanted to detached the sight and closeness of holiness, however then what sort of spirituality it is, which can’t make a simple mortal swoon and sufficiently charmed to overlook and leave the world and its luxuries? The magnificence of the divine couple was so much that lesser mortals, in the same way as you and me, won’t have the capacity to bear such a divine beauty. Sensing this Swami Haridasji asked for both of them to take a solitary form, as the world won’t have the capacity to hold up their image. He asked for them to take a solitary form like Ghan(cloud) and Damini(lightning) hence giving an ideal metaphor to the joined beauty of dark Lord and his fair consort, Radhaji.
Moreover he wanted his much-loved God to be before his eyes forever. Fulfilling his both wishes, the couple transformed itself into one single black pleasant Idol, the same one that you see in the temple today. The appeal and beauty of Shri Banke Bihariji is the main motivation behind why the “darshan” in the temple is never ceaseless bit is broken by thel curtain drawn on him regularly. It is additionally said that if one gazes long enough into the eyes of Shri Banke Bihariji, the individual would lose his consciousness.
In this way Lord Banke Bihari came into physical form that is also known as Bihariji. The accountability of Sewa of Bihariji was given over to Goswami Jagannath by Swamiji himself. Goswami Jagannath was one of the main follower and younger brother of Swamiji. By custom, the Sewa is performed by descendents of Jagannath Goswami till day.
At the start, the god idol was established in a temple near to the first appearance in Nidhivan. Another temple befitting the magnificence of Bihariji was erected in 1862 AD. Goswamis themselves assembled assets for the construction. The temple is a design excellence in itself and takes after the contemporary Rajasthani style.
The sewa of the Lord Banke Bihariji is remarkable in its own specific manner. It is performed in three sections every day i.e. Shringar, Rajbhog and Shayan. While shringar (which incorporates bath, dressing and adorenment with gems like crown and neckbands) and Rajbhog(feast) is offered in the forenoon, Shayan Sewa (shayan means sleep) is offered at evening. The temple doesn’t have a convention of Mangala (early morning) sewa. Swami Haridas did not support Mangla Sewa as he wanted his kid like Lord to take complete rest and would not have liked to disturb him out of profound sleep so early in the morning.
Banke Bihari Mandir is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Krishna, in the divine city of Vrindavan in the Mathura district. Bankey Bihari was initially worshiped at Nidhivana. Bankey signifies “bent in three spots” and bihari signifies “supreme enjoyer.” The picture of Lord Krishna stands in the Tribhanga posture. Haridas Swami initially worshipped this devotional picture under the name of Kunj-bihari.
By Road : Vrindavan is located on Delhi-Agra NH-2. the various buses runs connecting the Agra and Delhi. Temple is 7 km. away from National Highway. Getting to Temple is very trouble-free as there are regular tempos and rickshaw available throughout the day. Mathura is just 12 km away. Frequent buses, tempos and taxies runs between Mathura and Vrindavan.
How to reach
By Train : The major railway station close by is Mathura on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai main line. A number of express and passenger trains attach Mathura from other major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Gwalior, Dehradun, Indore, and Agra. Although Vrindavan itself is a railway station. A rail bus runs between Vrindavan and Mathura 5 rounds in a day.
By Air : The nearest airport is Agra just 67 km away from Vrindavan. The nearest international airport is Delhi, which is connected to almost every important city in the world with major airlines. There are regular flights to other important tourist destinations of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai etc.