Mathura


Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Mathura is well known as the birth place of lord Krishna. According to legends Mathura was established in the Treta yug by the younger brother of Lord Rama Shatrughna. According to the great epic Bhagvad Purana and Mahabharata this town was the capital of Surasena kingdom that was ruled by Kansa, loving uncle of Lord Krishna. In Hindu mythology it is said that Kansa heard a divine prediction saying that he will be killed by the 8th son of his sister Devki named as Krishna. Hence after hearing this he imprisoned her along with her husband and kept on killing all the babies. Mathura is also known as the Braj or the Brij-Bhoomi; it is also called as Krishna Janma Bhoomi.

There is a temple that was built in ancient time 'The Keshva Dev temple' this is located on the site where lord Krishna was born. Close to Mathura there is another small town Vrindavana, this is the place where lord Krishna spent his childhood, there are some myths, legends and some bond of friendship that lord Krishna had spent here. This is also known as the land of temples and is an abode of gods. The main aim of lord Krishna was that to bind the entire world with one bond and that was love. Hence Hindus find new dimension and various colors of love in Mathura. Thousands of devotees throng the place and they all keep chanting the name of lord Krishna for the whole day, this covers the ambiences of this holy place. There are people who come here from all over the world with a strong belief.

This is a global place as there are people of all religions coming here from various corners of the world. They forget all their worries.

Tourist Attractions in Mathura:

Birth Place of Lord Krishna

There is a vast temple in the middle of the city that is one of the primary places of Hindu religion. There are number of small temples and among them is the age old prison of tyrant that was of King Kansa. This is the place where lord Krishna was born. There is a hung queue before entering the temple and devotees have to wait for hours in that queue. This temple was destroyed many times by the Mughal rulers. Devotees are not allowed to carry their mobile phones into the premises of the temple.

Vishram Ghat

This is one of the most important bathing Ghat in Mathura. Legends say that lord Krishna took rest here after killing Kansa. There is an aarti that is held in the morning and in evening at the riverside. This aarti is a visual treat to the eyes. Legends say that taking bath in river Yamuna and that too on the second day of Kartika is considered as very auspicious and called as Yama Dwitiya.

ISKCON Temple

This temple is situated within the premises of Krishna-Baldev temple. There are paintings that are describing the life of lord Krishna. This temple has beautiful architecture, carved arches and there is an immense spirituality inside this temple. When people inside this temple meet other people they will greet saying 'Hare-Krishna'.

Govindaji Temple

This temple was built in the year 1590 and this is one of the ancient temples of Vrindavan. The original idol of this temple was removed and kept in Jaipur as the Mughal emperor wanted to destroy this temple. There is an amazing marble altar that is adorned with silver and gold, holding the idol of Govindaji in the centre.

Travel Route to Mathura:

  • Airways:

    Nearest airport is the Agra airport which is at a distance of about 66 kilometer from Mathura. There are regular flights that are operated from here to all the major cities of India.

  • Railways:

    There are regular trains that are operated from here as Mathura junction is well known station in Uttar Pradesh. There are trains from Mathura to all the major cities of India.

  • Roadways:

    There are state transport and luxury bus services available from here to all the major cities of India. There are also local bus and taxi services available in Mathura to visit the tourist places that are located around the city.