Mathura shows off a rich cultural heritage that is created through hundreds and thousands of old fairy tales and legends. One of the seven most sacred cities in India, Mathura is considered to be one of the oldest human civilizations. The sacred shrines, religious structures, landmark monuments, and tranquil riversides give Mathura a strange beauty. It is considered as one of the seven holy cities by Hindus all over India. Mathura, the holy Hindu shrine located on the banks of the river Jamuna. Mathura is the birthplace of Krishna, which has become now a modern tourist destination. According to legend, Sri Krishna was born in a cell, under his maternal uncle, who wanted to kill him. But Krishna’s father took him to Gokul and confirmed his safety. Aarti is an evening event that takes place every evening on the banks of the river Jamuna. Aarti is an aesthetic delight and for first-time tourists, it is a unique experience. There are many big and small temples in Mathura, many of these are dedicated to Sri Krishna.
Every year, Mathura celebrates Janmashtami on the birthday date of Krishna. From 5 to 1.5 million fans attend to witness the occasion. Devotional songs, dances are served throughout Mathura-Vrindavan. If you visit Mathura during Holi festivals, Dwarkadhish temple is the place to be as these festivals are celebrated on a huge scale in the temple premises.
To reach Mathura by flight, take off at Agra airport, which is the nearest from Mathura and almost 50km away. This city has no airport.
Mathura rail station is the main train station is here. Some main cities are connected through the railroad.
Winter and spring seasons are the actual time to come to Mathura (October to March). Summer is unbearable and traveling here in summer is not a good idea at all. Holi is celebrated in the month of March or February.
Shri Krishna Birthplace Temple
It is the birthplace of Sri Krishna. The temple was built by King Bajra, the grandson of Sri Krishna. Marked as the shelter of Mathura, the temple is built around the jail. It’s an attraction that never fails to captivate tourists. The visit to Mathura is never complete without a visit to the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple.
Without the flute and peacock feathers, we can see Krishna in the temple. This temple is also known for its exceptional architectural and attractive beautiful engravers & is one of the largest temples in Mathura. During the Holi festival, the idol is placed in a beautifully decorated silver rocker (jhula in local word), and the entire temple is decorated with colour.
Kusum Sarobar is a historic sandstone monument. You need to visit Kusum Lake, which is another major attraction that adds to the popularity of Mathura among tourists. It was built by the Jat rulers of Bharatpur. This huge tank is 450 feet long and about 60 feet deep. It is believed that Krishna used to collect flowers and make garlands for Radha.
One can also refer to the Mathura Museum, built-in 1874 as the official museum. The place attracts tourists and history maniacs alike. If you are someone who specializes in art and architecture, take a look at this museum for your Mathura tour. It has many sculptures, paintings, coins, paintings, pottery, and many more that give you a quick glimpse of the pre-era.
Govardhan Hill is a famous place in Mathura. This sandstone hill holds much spiritual significance for Hindus from all over the country. According to legend, when Krishna was still a child, he raised this huge hill to save his village from the endless rain and thunder, defeating Indra, the god of rain and thunder, and crushed his ego in the process.
The temple was newly built in Mathura and opened to the public in 2012. Made of Italian white marble, this temple, 120 feet high, depicts many interesting events from the life of the deities. This temple shines with illumination during the night. Radha Krishna and Ram Sita are worshiped in this temple.
Krishna Balaram Temple
The Krishna Balaram Temple of Vrindavan run by the ISKCON Foundation is an example of stunning architecture and surreal beauty for tourists. One of the main attractions of the temple is that the place is filled with the sweet tunes of Kirtan for 24 hours.
The Bishram ghat is a sacred bath at a distance of 3 and a half km from Mathura junction on the banks of the river Jamuna. Its resting ghat is named because Sri Krishna rested at this place after killing the evil king Kangsha. The bishram ghats show a beautiful joke during the evening prayers and Aarti. The devotees float oil lamps on the pan leaf along the river Yamuna.