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Hindu holy place, especially sacred to worshipers of the deity Krishna,
in the city of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh State, on the Yamuna River, about
129 km south of Delhi. It is visited annually by pilgrims from all parts
of the country. About 1000 shrines and temples are located in the area.
Noteworthy among the temples is Govind Deva, a red sandstone edifice
constructed in 1590.
In recent decades the
name of Vrindavan has often been used within India, to represent an
idyllic place or garden. Even in urban areas the town is busy with
wildlife, including peacocks, cows, monkeys and a variety of bird
species. Some of the ancient forest still remains, including a number of
protected tulsi woods, which are of special significance to the local
inhabitants, many of whom use leaves from the tulsi plant each day in
their worship (puja).