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Gita Mandir At Mathura – Vrindavan – Birla Temple

Gita Mandir, also known as Birla Temple, is located on the Mathura – Vrindavan highway. While going from Vrindavan to Mathura, the Geeta temple is on the right. The temple was built by the Birlas and therefore it is also known as Birla Mandir.

Mathura Gita Mandir is a red sandstone temple that looks very modern, compared to the older temples in Mathura and Vrindavan.

The temple architecture and color combination of maroon and beige is very similar to the Birla Temple in New Delhi. Compared to other temples in the region, this temple is noted for its cleanliness.

Mathura Gita Temple has a huge courtyard that has the Gita Stamba or Pillar with all the verses of the Bhagavad Gita inscribed on it.

The murti of Bhagavan Sri Krishna worshipped in the temple is huge and is made of white marble. In the sanctum sanctorum, Sri Krishna holds the Sudarshana Chakra, in his right hand. The divine discus has been motorized and therefore it is continuously rotating around the index finger of the right of the murti.

Beside the main sanctum sanctorum, there is another sanctum that houses the murtis of Goddess Lakshmi and Narayana. The murtis are also made out of marble.

The walls of Gita temple have colorful paintings, depicting the pastimes of Krishna. There are also incidents from the divine leelas of Bhagavan Vishnu. The most famous among them are Krishna showing his Virat Swaroop in the court of Hastinapura when Duryodhana attempts to tie him, Dhruva praying to Vishnu in forest, Narasimha Avatar annihilating Hiranyakashipu, Krishna giving saree to Draupadi when Dushasana is stripping her and Krishna killing Shishupala with his discus. There is also a painting of Krishna subduing and killing Kamsa.