Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
One of the seven sacred cities of India, Mathura is the land of worship, devotion and adoration. Mathura is a very auspicious, spiritual and holy place of India. People all over the world come to this birthplace of Lord Krishna to worship him. People also know this place by the name of ‘Brij Bhumi’. According to the mythological and historical records, this place was populated since 6th century B.C. It is also well known for its culture, heritage and religious devotion. Mathura has numerous beautiful small and big temples and 25 ghats, where people taking dips in the river Yamuna can be seen commonly.
Once being the centre of Buddhists, there were about 20 monasteries in Mathura. But the regular attacks of Mughals and Afghans ruined the city altogether. The archaeological museums have still preserved almost all the ruins of that era.
Mathura is a major attraction of Krishna lovers especially during the time of Janmashtami and Holi. Your trip to Mathura will be considered complete if you will also visit Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days.
Location: It is located on the banks of river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, 50 kms North of Agra
Climate: Summers are extremely hot in Mathura. Monsoons are quite pleasant and winters are quite cold.
Wear very light cotton clothes in summers. Carry a lot of woollens in winters.
Best time to visit: From October-March
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest International Airport is in Delhi and Domestic Airport is 49 kms away, Kheria Airport in Agra
By Train: Nearest railway station is Mathura Railway Station
By Road: HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches available regularly
Places of Interest
Krishna Janam Bhoomi Temple
Location: Deeg Marg, near Deeg Gate Chauraha in Mathura
Timings: Open all days
In summers, open in morning from 5.00 a.m.-12 p.m., afternoon from 4.00 p.m.-9.30 p.m.
In winters, open in morning from 5.30 a.m.-12.00 p.m., afternoon from 3.00 p.m.-8.30 p.m.
How to reach: As the temple is located in the centre of the city, the best way is to reach by rickshaw.
This place is considered as the birth place of Lord Krishna. In the basement of this sanctuary, there is a cellular jail where Krishna took birth. In the temple, the exact place where Lord Krishna was born is called ‘Garbh Griha’. There is a stone slab here, which symbolizes the original place where Lord Krishna was born. Your tour to Mathura will not be considered complete, if you do not visit this temple.
During the Mughal era, this temple had been destroyed by Emperor Aurangzeb to make a mosque. When the mosque was being made, miraculously the ‘Garbh Griha’ got buried under the debris and so, remained intact. After the resurrection of the 1500 year old temple, the devotees can still enjoy the blessings of Lord Krishna.
Location: Near Krishna janam Bhoomi Temple
Timings: Open all seven days from 5.00 a.m.-9.00 p.m.
How to reach: Can be reached easily by taxi, auto, rickshaw or private vehicle
This famous Islamic mosque was built by Mughal Governor Abo-in-Nabir- Khan in 1661 A.D. It is a famous historical monument of Mathura which has four beautiful minarets. These minarets are decorated with exquisite mosaic designs. You will love to see the wonderful architectural style and design of this place.
Location: Vishram Bazaar Road, in eastern part of Mathura
Timings: 7 days open from 7.00 a.m.- 12.30 p.m., 5.00 p.m.- 9.30 p.m.
How to reach: Easily reachable by local buses, taxis, cabs or private vehicles
Dwarkadhish temple is the most famous ancient sanctuary of Mathura. In this temple, you can see the black marble idol of Lord Krishna, as the king of Dwarka. With him is the white marble idol of Sri Radharani. This idol of Lord Krishna is different from his other idols, as it does not have a flute and a peacock feather.
The temple was built by Krishna devotee Seth Gokul Das Parikh, about 150 years ago. Now, the temple is managed by the supporters of Vallabhacharya. The structure and interior of the temple has a brilliant work of art and architecture.
Location: About 23 kms to the west of Mathura
Timings: Can be visited daily from 7.00 a.m.- 7.00 p.m.
How to reach: Easily reachable by private vehicles or public transport
Govardhan is a hill which is 8 kms long. According to the legends, Lord Krishna raised this hill at his small finger to save the villagers from constant seven day’s rain and storm. People worship this hill with great devotion. You must go to this place, while visiting Mathura.
Location: About 15 kms from Mathura
Timings: Best seasons are from September-December, February-March
How to reach: Nearest is Kheria Airport. Nearest railway station and bus stand are in Mathura. From there, you can go easily by public transport
Vrindavan is a beautiful town near Mathura where every street and area of this holy place is filled with Krishna devotion. There are enormous temples, ghats and kunds in this place. You can see a number of places here, where Krishna spent his playful childhood time.
You will definitely be spiritually purified on visiting this place.
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