Gopishvar Mahadev Temple


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Gopishvar Mahadev Temple Overview

Ranked 9 of 28 sightseeing in Mathura
Gopishvar Mahadev Temple is a pilgrimage destination located near Vamshi Vat in Vrindavan. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Gopika, thus the name Gopishvar Mahadev.
The story behind this temple is that Lord Shiva along with Parvathi wanted to take part in the Ras Lila, performed every night by Sri Krishna and the other Gopikas. As other males were not permitted into the arena, only Parvathi was allowed inside. Adamant about taking part in the Ras, Lord Shiva transformed himself into a Gopika and took part in the Ras Lila and was named as Gopishvar Mahadev by Sri Krishna.
In Gopishvar Mahadev Temple the Shivaling is dressed as a Gopika, with a nose ring and silk sari, in the evenings. In the mornings the Shivaling is worshipped as it is.
Though the temple is open from 4.30 am to 12 pm and from 4.30 pm to 9 pm, the best time to visit is during the evening time when the Shivaling is adorned.
One can also visit during the celebrations of Maha Shivarathri when special offerings are done at the temple.
The ISKCON Radha Madhava Temple is located nearby and can be visited from here.

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  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Important visit for pilgrims

It is said that without a visit to Gopeshwar Mahadev the visit to Vrindavan is incomplete. Visit during day time if you are visiting for the first time. Beware of pandas.

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