About the Temple:
Gopal Mandir is situated in the heart of the big market square in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. The temple is consecrated to Lord Krishna.The Gopal Mandir houses two ft tall idol of Lord Krishna. The idol is molded in silver and it is installed on a marble-inlaid altar.
Temple History and Temple Legend:
Gopal Mandir was constructed in 1844 by Bayajibai Scindia, the wife of Maharajah Daulat Rao Scindia. It is a marble-crowned structure which is an excellent example of Maratha architecture. The temple has silver-plated doors. In 1026 A.D Mahmud of Ghazni had taken these doors from the famous Somnath temple in Gujarat and carried them to Ghazni in Afghanistan. Later on Mahmud Shah Abdali, the Afghan invader, took the gates to Lahore and from there Mahadji Scindia finally recovered these silver doors. After recovering the silver gates, the Scindia ruler installed it in Gopal Temple.
Gopal Mandir was built in old and traditional style. Gopal Mandir is actually a masterpiece and an excellent work of art. Gopal Mandir is also known as a Dwarkadhish temple. The temple is considered to be more than 200 yrs old. Apart from Lord Krishna, the temple houses the idols of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Garud. An image of Bayajibai is also seen in the temple.
Festivals and Celebrations:
Festivals such as Janmashtami and Harihar are celebrated joyously in this temple. The festival of Harihar marks meeting of Lord Krishna (Hari) and Lord Shiva (Har). Lord Mahakal arrives in the temple at the stroke of midnight to visit Lord Krishna. The grand puja continues for 2 hrs.
How to reach
By Air: The nearest airport is located in Indore at a distance of 62 km.
By Train: The nearest railway head is Pingleshwar Railway station which is 14 km away from the temple.
By Road: Ujjain is well connected by roads with rest of the major cities of Madhya Pradesh. Gopal Mandir can be reached by city bus and cabs.