Places & Temples to visit in Mathura
Mathura,the sacred land of Krishna the complete avataar of Narayan, is being a pivotal location of Krishna devotees. Being one of the marked religious epicenter Mathura burgeon of Krishna and other temples. Some of the prominent temples are listed below.
Shri Krishna Janmabhumi
Among the all Mathura temples, Krishna Janambhumi temple, built on the dungeon place of Mathura where Krishna is born is believed to be the temple of apex importance for every devotee. It is believed and found from excavations at the place that there used to be a dugeon at the place where temple is built. Many other prominent clues found supporting the fact that almighty Krishna was born here.
Devaki , sister of Kansa and Vasudev her husband were kept in dungeon as King Kans got a divine warning that he will be killed by 8th child of Vasudev and Devaki. It is believed that when Krishna was born, all the gates of jail got opened by itself and all guards were in state of unconsciousness so that Vasudev can safely take almighty to the Nandgaon.
Every year on Janamashtmi, Mathura tourism experience the crowd and devotees in millions. People from round the world comes to attend birth ceremony celebrated in temple. The whole temple and nearby area are occupied by devotees on the day.Grabha Griha where the Krishna born is decorated with special flowers and lights.Holy bath is given to silver idol of the Krishna and decorated in beautiful yellow attire. The whole premises gives a spectacular and breath taking view.
Ancient Keshav Dev temple is situated close to main Krishna Janmabhoomi complex, the birth place of Lord Krishna. Keshav Dev, which is one of the thousand names of Lord Krishna, is the deity of this ancient temple. Few years back, a new Keshav Dev temple has been built within the premises of Krishna Janmabhoomi due to which, the fame of old Keshav Dev temple is on the verge of extinction.
It is believed that Idgah (mosque) which is adjacent to main Krishna Janmabhoomi at present, was once used to be Keshav Dev temple. During Muslim rule in 1669, Aurangzeb demolished this temple and later built Idgah there. Subsequently, Maratha Scindia founded the present temple near Potra Kund as Keshav Dev temple. This temple is situated in a locality called Mallapura. This locality is named as Mallapura as Kans’ malley used to live here. Kans was Sri Krishna’s maternal uncle and the people who used to guard premises of Kans were known as Malla.
Located near the Yamuna Bank, temple of Dwakadeesh in Mathura is another temple which is dedicated to deity Krishna. The temple is managed by followers of Vallabhacarya and is known for its spectacular architecture. Janamashtmi is celebrated with immense enthusiasm here like in Janambhoomi temple, devotees totally drowned in the colours of Krishna Bhakti. Temple was built in 1814 and has a unique architecture that attracts tourists to this temple.
Generally, at the beginning of the rainy season, during the month of Shravan, a very elaborate swing festival takes place here. People from all across the country prefer to visit the place during the popular festivals like Holi, Dushera, Janmashtami and Diwali. This temple is close to Vishram Ghat and Gatashram Tila.
Gita Mandir (BirlaMandir)
In year 1946 sammat 2002 jugal kishore birla had constructed this temple in the golden memories of his mother-father in mMathura.
This temple is famous by the name gita temple or birla temple. This temple is having an effigy of lord Krishna for darshna. Lakshmi narayana and sita rama figurine is on left and right side. On the outer side temple having a huge effigy of lord hanuman ji, temple involve, gita regency abode, gita pillar, 18 chapters of Gita were written on this gita pillor. One lord’s chariot is also there. On the occasion of gita jayanti temple is having main festival, which is celebrated with immense enthusiasm.
In this area there is also the picture of picking the Girraj Mountain by Krishna is shown. Going forward you are going to see the mansi Ganga image and on the backside one hoop is saving the eggs of “tddivi” a kind of bird.
Among the twenty five ghats in Mathura Vishram ghat acquires predominant position. Customary circumambulation of all the holy spots in Mathura begins and ends here at Vishram Ghat. Since the entire city is embellished with the fabulous tales of lord Krishna, Vishram Ghat is not an exception. Legend says that it was here that the lord took rest after killing Kamsa.
The Vishram Ghat is surrounded with handsome temples such as the Neelkantheshwar Temple, Mukut Temple, Radha-Damodar Temple, Yamuna-Krishna Temple, Langali Hanuman Temple Narasimha temples and Murli Manohar Temple. One of the haunting sights that should not be missed is the aarti at the Vishram Ghat in each evening. Small oil lamps that glide on the river set the docile water sparkling and the reflection of thousands of glistening lights on the sinuous brook set a marvelous spectacle.