- The birthplace of Lord Krishna is set in the heart of Brajbhoomi, on the right bank of river Yamuna.
- Legendary pilgrim site well known for its string of picture ghats and sacred shrines, attracts a large number of devotees, especially during the festival of Janamashtami (August/ September), which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna.
- Mathura, the land of cows is also well known for its milk based sweets like pedas.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), New Delhi, 175 kms away from Mathura town.
- Rail: Mathura Railway Station, Mathura, 2 kms away from Mathura centre of town.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE:
- Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi
- Gita Mandir
- Dwarikadhish Temple
- Vishram Ghat
- Jama Masjid
- Madan Mohan Temple
- Banke Bihari Temple
- Radha Vallabh Temple
- Jaipur Temple
- Shahji Temple
- Rangaji Temple
- Govind Deo Temple
- Shri Krishna-Balram Temple
- Seva Kunj
|FORT & MONUMENTS
|MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
ATTRACTIONS OF MATHURA
Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi:
- It is believed to be the birth place of Lord Krishna.
- Beautiful temple at the Katra Keshav Dev marks the sacred site.
- Beautiful temple was built by the Birla’s, on the Mathura – Vrindavan Road.
- It enshrines affine image of Lord Krishna and entire Bhagwad Gita is inscribed on the walls of the temple.
- Magnificent shrine of Lord Krishna was built in 1814, by Seth Gokuldas Parikh, the treasurer of the state Gwalior.
- There are 25 ghats in Mathura and Vishram Ghat is considered to be the most important.
- It is believed that Lord Krishna rested here for a while, after killing Kansa.
- Vishram Ghat is also that starting point of the traditional Parikrama, the circumambulation of important religious and cultural sites.
- Vishram Ghat is lined with some of the most important shrines of Mathura.
- Evening Aarti (prayers) is the best time to visit the ghat.
- Ruins of the fort lie on the northern bank of the River Yamuna.
- An observatory was built here by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (1699-1743) of Amer.
- It was built in 1661 and is noted for its four lofty minarets.
- Museum at Dampier Park was set up in 1874.
- It is one of the leading centres of research, study and the preservation of Mathura’s splendid heritage of art.
- It has the largest collection of Kushana sculptures in the country and a rich collections of terracotta, coins, seals, ancient pottery, paintings and bronzes etc.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND MATHURA
- 15 kms away from Mathura town.
- It is believed that Lord Krishna was brought here after birth in secrecy by Nand Krishna spent his childhood at this beautiful village on the banks of Yamuna.
- It became a major centre of the Bhakti cult during the time of Vallabhacharya (1479-1531).
- There are a number of important shrines like, Gokulnath, Madan Mohan, Vitthalnath, Dwarika Nath and Balkrishna etc.
- It is also known for Janamashtami celebrations.
- 18 kms away from Mathura town.
- It is famous for the Mathuranath shrine with Chaurasi Khambha (eighty four pillars).
- 26 kms away from Mathura town.
- Sacred site is perched on a narrow sandstone hill known as Giriraj.
- It is said that Lord Krishna lifted the Giriraj Mountain on the tip of a finger for 7 days, to shield the people of Braj from the worth of Lord India.
- Atop the hill is a temple built by Vallabhacharya in 1520.
- There is also a huge masonry tank known as Mansi Ganga.
- 19 kms away from Govardhan and 50 kms away from Mathura town.
- It is said to be the home of Radha Rani, Lord Krishna’s beloved.
- There are temples dedicated to the divine couple Radha and Krishna.
- Barsana is also famous for its unique ‘Latthmar’ Holi-celebrations.
- 15 kms away from Mathura town.
- The ‘land of 4,000 temples’ is another holy site closely associated with Lord Krishna, who is said to have spent a great deal of time here in playful activities with his friends and gopis.
Madan Mohan Temple:
- Shrine near the Kali Ghat is associated with the saint Chaitanya and is the oldest existent temple in Vrindavan.
- Original idol of Lord Madan Gopal was taken away to Karauli (Rajasthan), to protect it from the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
- Today, the temple enshrines a replica of the original.
Banke Bihari Temple:
- It was built in 1864 and is perhaps the most popular shrine here.
- The idol of Banke Bihari in the temple was discovered in Nidhi Vana by Swami Haridas ji, an ardent devotee of the Lord.
Radha Vallabh Temple:
- Famous shrine was established by the Radha-Vallabh sect.
- Exquisitely carved temple of Shri Radha-Madhav was built in 1917, by King Sawai Madhav Singh of Jaipur.
- It was built in 1876, by Shah Kundan Lal, a wealthy jeweller of Lucknow.
- The deities at the temple are popularly known as the Chhote Radha Raman.
- It was built in 1851, in the Dravidian style and is noted for a six storeyed Gopuram (gateway) and a gold plated 50 feet high Dhwaja stambha.
- Lord Vishnu is depicted here resting on the coils of the sacred Shesha-nag.
- The annual festival of Jal Vihar of the presiding deity is performed with great pomp and splendour at the tank.
- It is also well known for ‘Brahmotsav’ celebrations in March-April.
Govind Deo Temple:
- Magnificent seven storeyed structure is said to have been built at a cost of one crore rupees in 1590, by Man Singh.
- It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architectural style.
Shri Krishna-Balram Temple:
- Shrine of the ISKCON sect, is one the most beautiful temples in Vrindavan.
- According to legends, Lord Krishna performed the Raaslila with Radha and the Gopis here and rested at Nidhi Van.