Govind Dev Temple

Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

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Govind Dev Temple is one of the most sought after holy places in Vrindavan on account of its unique architecture. It was constructed in 1590 by King Man Singh of Amer, at a cost of ten million rupees. During the reign of Aurangzeb, it was plundered in 1670 and now only a three storied structure remains.

The architecture of the temple is different from those of conventional temples. It is on a raised plinth and one has to climb a flight of stairs to reach the main hall.It was once a magnificent seven storeyed structure built in the form of a Greek cross. The temple has an impressive altar of marble and silver.

The ceiling of the main hall is decorated with a sculptured lotus which weighs several tonnes. The temple is decorated with flowers during Janmashtami and Holi. It is said that the Emperor Akbar donated some of the red sandstone that had been brought for the Red Fort at Agra, for the construction of this temple. The temple combines western, Hindu and Muslim architectural elements in its structure.

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