Mathura

Mathura is a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Mathura is considered a holy city in Hinduism. The city of Mathura is considered to be the birthplace of Krishna. Hare Krishna’s birthplace is located in a temple complex. The city is considered one of the seven holy cities by Hindus. This city is also called SaptaPuri. Krishna Dev Temple was built in ancient times on the site of Krishna’s birthplace. The Dwarkadhish Temple located here is considered to be the largest temple in Mathura.

It is believed that Mathura was the capital of the kingdom of Suresh, ruled by Krishna’s mama Kansa. Mathura has been selected as a Heritage City for the Government of India’s Heritage City Development and Augmentation Scheme. Since Mathura is the birthplace of Krishna, the festival of Janmashtami is grandly celebrated.

Visiting place in Mathura

Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple

Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple

The temple is located around the prison cell. Krishna’s mother Devaki and father Vasudeva were imprisoned at this place by uncle Kansha. This temple has been destroyed many times. The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb destroyed the temple in 1670 and erected an Idgah there. The underground cell, believed to be the birthplace of Krishna, is located behind the Qibla wall of Idgah. Other attractions include a marble idol of Lord Krishna as well as small temples of various deities.

Mathura Museum

The museum was built in 1874. The museum is made of red sandstone. The museum is also known as the Government Museum. The museum was originally known as the Curzon Museum of Archeology. The museum is one of the finest in the country and houses a fairly big collection of ancient relics, sculptures, coins, and paintings. During the Kushan Empire and the Gupta Empire, the museum was famous for the ancient sculptures of the Mathura school from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD.

Dwarkadhish Temple

 Dwarkadhish Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. This temple is considered to be the holy temple of Mathura. The temple was built in 1814. The name of this temple is derived from a form of Lord Krishna, Dwarka Nath. Dwarkadhish is depicted in a black marble statue. The array of beautiful ceiling paintings depicting various aspects of God’s life and beautiful Rajasthani architectural designs and carvings make the complex look more elegant.

Govardhan Hill

This hill is mentioned in Hindu ancient legends. It is believed that Lord Krishna lifted this mountain on his index finger to defeat Indra Dev. This mountain is also mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna raised this mountain to save the village of Mathura from heavy rains and storms.

Kans Qila

Kansh Fort is located on the banks of the river Yamuna. This fort is the oldest fort in Mathura. It has been constructed as a blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture. The mighty fort, also known as the Purana Fort of Mathura, was the time of the Mahabharata and its walls are strong.

 

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