(Last Updated on : 03/01/2015)
Pagal Baba Temple is a magnificent temple exhibiting a white eight storied structure. Situated on the street between Vrindavan
, Uttar Pradesh
, the temple was established by Srimad Lila Nanda Thakur. He was an ardent follower of Lord Chaitanya
and was also known as Pagal Baba Maharaja. The ambience as well as the chanting style of the temple resembles with that of ISKCON
temple. 'Hare Krishna Mahamantra' is constantly chanted in the temple.
Pagal Baba Temple, in addition to devotees and pilgrims, also attract a plethora of tourists. Numerous shops can be found lined up in the Pagal Baba Temple premises selling a variety of articles like statues, embroidered clothes, decorative key rings, film rolls, CDs and DVDs. The impressive structure of the temple comprises of eight floors and each floor is adorned beautifully in a distinct style. Pagal Baba Temple is devoid of elevators and hence visiting the whole temple can be a little effortful.
A number of beautiful and attractive puppets are housed in the ground floor of the Pagal Baba Temple. These depict different tales of Indian mythology
and majority of these puppets are mechanised. The puppets of right wing illustrated the Ramayana
in a captivating way while the puppets of left wing describe the stories of Lord Rama
. A mechanised idol of Pagal Baba has been placed at the centre. The idol moves its right hand for blessing the devotees.
The first floor of the temple is graced by two huge and spectacular idols; a black idol of Lord Krishna
and a marble idol of Radha
. Several small statues of Radha and Krishna also stand before these huge idols. The second floor of the temple is devoid of any idols or statues. In the third floor massive white marble structures of Krishna and Balarama are placed. Idols of Yashoda
and Nanda Rai, where Yashoda is shown holding the infant Krishna, are placed in the fourth floor. Fifth floor hosts idols of Tulsidas
, Lord Hanuman
, Lord Rama, Sita
, all made of white marble. The most amazing and unique feature is found in the sixth floor of the temple. The floor houses Vamana
Avatara of Lord Vishnu
. Lord Vishnu in His four-armed Avatar and Bali with his wife bowing before Him is depicted in it. Vamana
is shown emerging out of Lord Vishnu's body and with His divine foot pressing the head of Bali. The seventh floor of the temple hosts statues of Narayana and Lakshmi
. No statues of any deity have been placed in the eighth floor. It only houses an exquisite marble idol of Om, a holy chant.