Mathura: The Birth Place of Lord Krishna
Have you ever felt the presence of a divine power while walking through some narrow old street? If not, then you must come to Mathura. Its unique old-world charm coupled with the mystic presence of Lord Krishna will simply leave your soul searching for more.?
Mathura is a famous Hindu pilgrimage city located in Uttar Pradesh. It is sited nearly 50km away from Agra. The city is bordered by Aligarh on north-east, Hathras in south-east, Agra on its south and Rajasthan on the west.?
Tour to Mathura is all about visiting beautiful temples, ancient forts and interesting museums. Travellers can enjoy boating in the serene water of River Yamuna or simply sit along the ghat and enjoy the sunset.
History of Mathura suggests that it suffered the invasion by several invaders like Mahmud of Ghazni, Emperor Aurangzeb of Mughal Dynasty and Sikandar Lodi, the Sultan of Delhi. Mythologically, it is believed to be the birth place of Lord Krishna.
Following are the main tourist attractions of Mathura
Krishna Balaram Mandir
This beautiful white-washed temple stands as an epitome of people’s devotion for Lord Krishna. It is built of white marble and is one of the prominent ISKCON Temples in India. Its construction was completed in the year 1975. It is one of the most important tourist destinations in Mathura.
The temple is seen flooded with devotees coming from various corners of the world. A continuous chanting of Hare Krishna is heard in the complex. The temple is dedicated to Hindu deities namely Goddess Radha along with Lord Shyamasundar and Lord Krishna with his brother Lord Balarama.
Kamsa or Kansa was the cruel king who wanted to kill his nephew Lord Krishna. Kansa Qila is believed to be his fort. Over the time, the building eventually ruined. Presumably the present structure owes its existence to Raja Man Singh who renovated the structure during 16th century. He was the general of Emperor Akbar of Mughal Dynasty.
The fort reflects the Hindu and Muslim style of architecture. It is located on the northern banks of Yamuna River. During earlier days, the fort is believed to act as a guard for the locals from the floods.
Diwan-E-Aam or the hall of audience of the Qila is a must-visit for the tourists. It is erected outside the fort and is built of red sand-stone. The construction also included an observatory built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur. However, it no longer exists.
Mathura town is known for its devotion for Lord Krishna. This makes Dwarkadhish Temple a major religious shrine in the city. It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. Several other images of Hindu Gods are seen accompanying the presiding deity.
The temple architecture reflects the local style of artistry. Exquisite paintings, rich and intricate carvings and brilliant paintings adorn the interiors of the temple. Presumably, this holy place was built by Seth Gokuldas Parikh, treasurer of Gwalior in 1814. Janmashtami is the major festival celebrated with full fervour in the temple.?
Previously called as Curzon Museum of Archaeology, this proud museum was founded in 1874 by Sir F.S. Growse. Its exhibition includes ancient coins made of copper, gold and silver, pottery items and paintings.
Apart from the rich antiquities that it holds, the building of the museum is also worth admiring. It is built of red sandstone and has an octagonal shape. You can also sight the classic examples of Mathura School of Art in the form of sculptures.
A brilliant collection of Kushan period is seen flaunting in the museum. Stone sculptures and terracotta items reflecting the grandeur of Gupta period are also the part of the proud display of the museum.
Excursions from Mathura
Gokul(9km), Govardhan(22km), Mathura(22km), Barsana (50km) and Nandgaon(32km) are some of the ideal getaways to explore, as mentioned in Mathura Travel Guide.
Shopping in Mathura
Pedas, the famous milk-maid sweet is a must-try for the tourists. Idols and small photos of Lord Krishna, chains, rings are seen dominating the local markets. This is perfect spot to buy devotional objects like holy books, incense sticks, sandalwood and vermilion.
When to Reach
November- March is the ideal time to take the trip as the weather is cool and pleasant. You can also plan your trip during Holi festival (March).
How to Reach
Air: Agra Airport (62km) is the nearest airport to the destination.
Rail: Most of the north Indian cities like Lucknow, Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are connected to the destination via railways.
Road: Buses, cabs and auto-rickshaws are available to commute within the city.
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