Mathura Vrindavan - Where Lord Krishna Dwells
Temple Kusum Sarovara, Vrindavan Uttar Pradesh
Being the birth place of Lord Krishna, Mathura is one of the most
sacred destinations of India. As the legend goes, Mathura was founded
in the Treta era by Shatrughna, the younger brother of Lord Rama and
later was under the royalty of King Kamsa, the maternal uncle of Lord
Krishna. According to Hindu mythology, Kamsa heard a divine prophecy
saying that he would be killed by his sister Devki's eighth son
Krisha. Hence, he imprisoned Devki and her husband Vasudeva and kept
on killing their children one after another. But when Lord Krishna was
born, miraculously all guards went to sleep, prison gates opened and
Vasudeva carried his son to Gokul crossing the wild river Yamuna in
the mid night. The divine prophecy came true and Krishna killed tyrant
Kamsa and ruled Mathura for a long time. Vrindavan is the place where
Lord Krishna spent his childhood leaving a number of myths and legends
of love and friendship behind.
Pilgrims Find here Sanctity
Studded with number of ancient and modern temples, Mathura is the
abode of God and divinity. Hinduism find here a new dimension which is
the colour of love with which Lord Krishna wanted to bind this entire
world. The mild sound of devotees taking the hundred and eight names
of Lord Krishna all day long covers the entire ambience of Mathura.
The immense belief of the pilgrims coming here from different parts of
the world is something that give Mathura a well deserved wight and
importance in the itinerary of Indian pilgrimages.
One more aspect of Mathura that fascinates is how people from
different nationality, religion and race are getting painted with the
colour of love of Shri Krishna. Mathura is truly a global city where
people from various corners of the world come, lose themselves in the
Krishna-divinity and start a new life in the ancient and narrow lanes
of Mathura. You will find hundreds of ISKON (International Society of
Krishna Consciousness) followers from foreign lands enchanting
Sanskrit mantra effortlessly.
When Divinity Mingles With Festivity
The quiet and ancient cities Mathura and Vrindavan come alive as the
month of September arrives and devotees celebrate the birth of Lord
Krish which is popularly know as Janmasthami with much enthusiasm and
gaiety. Devout from various parts of the world come here to attend and
participate in this grand celebration. Brij Ki Holi is a festival of
colours that leaves an ever lasting memory in the minds of the its
participants and people don't even mind when their clothes and hair
get colured with different shades of gulal (powdered colour). Plan
your Mathura-Vrindavan tour at the time of Holi to savour a new colur
Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi (The Birth Place Of Lord Krishna)
A vast temple complex situated in the heart of Mathura is one of the
foremost places of Hindu veneration. It contains many smaller temples
among which lies the age old prison of tyrant king Kamsa where Lord
Krisha was born in order to save the universe from all evils. You have
to be patient and maintain the long queue before entering into the
narrow prison. The temple had been destroyed number of times in the
ages of Mohammed Gazni, Sikander Lodi and Aurangzeb but had been
restored every time. You have to undergo a security checking at the
gate and we request you to co-operate with the guards. You will be
asked to leave you mobile phone outside the premises.
It is the most important bathing ghat in Mathura. Lord Krishna is
said to have rested here after killing Kamsa, the tyrant king of
Mathura. The 'Aarti' being offered in the morning and evening at the
riverside is a visual treat to the eyes. It is believed that bathing
in the Yamuna on the second day of Kartik is very meritorious which is
known as Yama Dwitiya.
Built in 1590, this ancient temple of Vrindavan has a number of
fascinating stories to tell. The original Govindaji Deity was removed
from this temple and kept in Jaipur when Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb
tried to destroy it. This magnificent temple houses a spectacular
marble altar adorned with gold and silver and hold the idols of
Govindaji in the middle, Lord Chaitanya to His left and Lord
Nityananda to His right. A sculptured lotus flower weighing several
tons decorates the main hall of the temple and demands a careful look
from your side.
Located within the Krishna-Baldev Temple premises, the temple wall is
adorned with exquisite paintings and carvings depicting the life of
Lord Krishna. Beautiful architecture, carved arches and immense
spirituality make the place a divine destination in Vrindavan. Be
prepared to listen to 'Hare Krishna' as everybody you will meet inside
the temple premise will greet you with these two words.
Madan Mohana Temple, Radha-Ballava Temple, Radha-Damodara Temple and
Radha-Gopinath Temple are some of famous temples of Vrindavan which
you should not miss while you are in Vrindavan.
Mathura and Vrindavan are hot in summer and best in winter. But if
you plan your trip at the time of Janmashtami in Sepetember and Holi
in March, you can discover the cities the most.
The nearest airport is Agra which is 66 km away and is well connected
to Delhi, Khajuraho and Varanasi by regular flights by Indian Airlines
and other private airline services.
Mathura Junction is well connected to Delhi by numerous trains
including the Punjab Mail and Taj Express, to Mumbai by the August
Kranti and Mumbai Rajdhani and to Kolkata by the Toofan Express. The
Lucknow-Agra Express also finds Mathura in its route.
Mathura and Vrindavan are well connected with Agra, Delhi, Bharatpur,
Alwar and Lucknow by well maintained road.
Buses run by the UPSRTDC taxis (can be hired from the taxi stand
opposite the District Hospital), auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and
tongas (rates negotiable), are the main means of transportation.
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