The Govind Dev temple in Vrindivan near Agra, was built by Raja Man Singh during 1590 with red sandstone donated by Emperor Akbar. It was left over from the construction of the Red Fort in Delhi making them siblings.
The temple was plundered by Emperor Aurangzeb and now only three stories of the structure still stands. But it is a serene glorious temple inhabited by many cheeky monkeys who grandly lead you inside like the best guides you could ask for as they don’t bore you to death nor do they beg for alms like the guide who latched on to us did!
The monkeys however will grab your phone, camera, spectacles, handbags and anything else they can find! Then they give it to a local shop owner in exchange for nuts and other delicacies. You can almost always get back your belongings from this shop! The monkeys add a gentle cheeky glory to this very ancient temple!