and Vrindavan- together they form Brajbhoomi- the sacred land, the cradle of
Lord Krishna- which still throbs with the divine reminiscences of the Lord's
58 kms north-west of Agra and 145 kms southeast of Delhi, the city of
Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh, is the nucleus of Brajbhoomi. This is the place
where Lord Krishna was born in a prison cellar. The city, today, is famous
for its many temples dedicated to the Lord. Located at Katra, Keshav Deo,
the temple is thronged by pilgrims from all over the world. The Dwarkadesh
Temple, built by Seth Gokul Das of Gwalior in 1814, is situated in the heart
of the city. It is adorned with some exquisite paintings depicting the
entire life of Krishna. The Vishram Ghat on the bank of Yamuna is the place
where Krishna rested after killing Kansa.
Tourists are generally attracted to those places which trace the mystical
incidents of Krishna's life. A celebrated structure is the Chaurasi Khambha
(84 pillars) at Gokul, 16 km from Mathura- the place where Krishna grew up.
It is also known as Nand Maharaja's house. Brahmand Ghat, Govardhan, is the
same hill which Krishna is imputed to have held aloft. Barsana represents
the four faces of Lord Brahma, the Creator. Each hilltop is associated with
some incident from Krishna's life.
Vrindavan, 15 kms from Mathura, is famous for its numerous temples - both
old and modern. It is believed to have been the stage of Krishna's romantic
Vrindavan is home to about 4,000 temples- both big and small. The numerous
bathing ghats here are used by the Hindus for ritual bathing. Perched on a
high cliff near the Kalia Mardan Ghat is the Madan Mohan Temple. Another
temple of importance is that of Radha Ballabh built by Sundar Das in 1626.
The Govind Dev Temple stands among the most impressive temples of Vrindavan.
Among the modern places of worship, the colossal temple of Pagal Baba and
the impressive ISKCON Temple are names worthy of mention.
vista : Janmashtami
Janmasthami is the birthday of Lord Krishna celebrated every year in
July/August.And for Mathura, this is invariably the biggest festival. Here,
the festival is celebrated on an grand and massive scale. A visit to this
holy place around this time is sure to etch some fond memories on the mind
of any tourist. Plays based on the life of Krishna are staged. Songs of
devotion blare from loudspeakers. The fabulous Brajyatra commences a day
after Janmashtami and lasts for 50 days.
Distance from Agra :
The nearest airport is at Kheria in Agra, 62 km from
Mathura. A number of tourist coaches ply between Delhi and Mathura/Vrindavan
everyday. The road distance from Delhi is 145 kms. Mathura is an important
railway junction with direct trains to many places. Taxis and tourist cabs
from Agra are good options.