Located in the western part of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura is a jumble of never-ending lanes teeming with folks, rickshaws and glittering shops. The city is dotted with magnificent temples, most of them dedicated to Lord Krishna, the city’s presiding deity and its first citizen. These temples depict various phases of Lord Krishna’s life, taking the devotees back to the divine era. Mathura is an important pilgrimage destination of the Hindus and is one of the seven sacred cities of India. Lord Krishna was born around 5000 years ago on this land as an 8th child to Mata Devaki and Vasudeva in the prison cell of the tyrant Kansa, Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle. The land is daubed with an enchanting culture, which is enough to capture your heart and touch your soul. Vrindavan is a holy town in Mathura and is the most significant pilgrimage site in Braj region, attracting around 500000 pilgrims every year. It is believed that Lord Krishna spent his childhood here. Even the dust of this holy place is said to be sacred and devotees are often seen smearing it on their forehead. It is believed that Vrindavan was lost over time, until the 16th century, when it was rediscovered by the saint from Nabadwip, Chaitanya, Mahaprabhu, who travelled to Vrindavan in 1515.
The Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple complex is the main pilgrimage spot in Mathura and the focal point of Lord Krishna legend. A narrow street full of shops precedes the temple complex where visitors are subjected to security checks. Once inside, peace, calm and spirituality prevails.Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple is built around the prison cell in which Lord Krishna was born after his parents Mata Devaki & Vasudeva were imprisoned by his evil uncle Kansa. Inside the complex is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna adorned with ornaments, a well from where jail inmates were fed water and a shrine for yogmaya (Daughter of Nand Baba).The legend has it that the temple was first built on this site by Vajranabha, Krishna’s great grandson; and has been rebuilt several times over in the centuries that followed. The present temple houses paintings of scenes from Lord Krishna’s life and idols of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha.Read More
This temple also falls on the Mathura Vrindavan road. The temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is an amalgam of marble and stone, with a mighty pillar in the garden. The tall sthamb has shlokas from the epic Bhagwatgita inscribed on it.Read More
This huge south Indian-style temple dates back to 1851, an expression of gratitude from a businessman for a much-awaited progeny to Lord Vishnu. The 30m-high gopuram, a large kund and a tall golden pillar in the main courtyard are its most striking features. Inside the temple is an idol of Lord Vishnu lying down on the Shesha Nag (divine serpent). The temple is known for a 10 day Rath (chariot) festival held in March-April.Read More