Vrindavan, 2016.02. 13 (VT): When the Vrindavan temples celebrated the spring festival of Vasant Panchami to mark the beginning of Holi, the festival of colors, Shahji Mandir attracts a huge number of devotees to visit the ‘Vasanti Kamra,’ which is only opened twice a year for the visitors.
The devotees then get a rare glimpse of the chandeliers of the Shah ji Mandir, this year on Friday and Saturday. A long queue could be seen outside the temple as thousands of devotees from the villages of Vraja came to have darshan of ‘Chhote Radha Raman’ in the Vasanti Kamra.
With the uniqueness of its architectural beauty, the temple is also known for the beautiful chandeliers in its main hall. The deities are brought out into the hall for this occasion.
This hall is opened twice in a year, for two days during Vasant Panchami and another two days during Jhulan in Shravan. The entire room is painted yellow and the ceiling and walls are covered with multicolored paintings. The throne, the doors, and several mirrors — some as big as ten feet high — are all gold plated. Although they are more than 140 years old, they still glitter with amazing grandeur and brightness.
The dome shaped artistically painted ceilings supports 15 huge Belgium glass chandeliers. The yellow chandeliers and the fountains are other examples of its creative brilliance.
Besides its religious significance, the temple also holds a special place for its outstanding architecture, which is a unique blend of Mughal, Greek and Hindu styles, and is thus very different from the other temples of India.
Shah ji Mandir was built as a palace for the Divine Couple of Radha and Krishna. The temple provides a poetic kind of pleasure. With the image of beautiful marble paintings of women playing musical instruments and the delicate figure of Radha dancing joyfully with her beloved Shri Krishna, it mesmerizes the minds of the devotees when they enter the sanctum sanctorum.
The Shah ji temple is also known as the Tera Khamba Mandir, or the temple with the twisted pillars. Devotees coming from distant places enjoyed by visiting the unique Vasanti Kamra, which has been one of the centers of attraction in Vrindavan for almost one and half centuries.
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