Mathura: birth place of Lord Krishna

BY Seema Shukla 

Mathura, a sacred place for Hindus is a city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located approximately 57.6 kilometers away from Agra, and 166 kilometers from the national capital Delhi. It is also 14.5 kilometers away from Vrindavan, another very holy place for Hindus.

Mathura has a very important place in Sanatan dharma as it is believed that Lord Krishna took birth in this place. Now this birthplace has been converted into Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex. Mathura also belongs to seven holy cities of Hindus, which is known as Sapta Puri.

The experts believed that ‘Kesava Deo Temple’ was built in ancient times on the site of Krishna`s birthplace (an underground prison). In ancient times by ‘Kansa’ the King of Asuras ruled on  ‘Mathura’. Lord Krishna is a son of Devaki, sister of King Kansa. Every year on the occasion of Lord Krishna`s birthday ‘Janmashtami’ is grandly celebrated in Mathura.

Mathura is a home of rich cultural heritage that is weaved through hundreds and thousands of legends and myths. Even today also when science has developed too much, the charm of Mathura continues to lure visitors from all parts of the country and beyond.

The main center of attraction to the Mathura trip is ‘Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple’ and the Holi celebration. The original temple of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi was originally constructed by King Vajra, the great-grandson of Lord Krishna, the shrine (temple) has been destroyed and rebuilt 17 times over the course of history. Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple is not the only things that make Mathura one of the most-visited places, it is also home to a few historic and quaint mosques. One of the famous mosques ‘Jama Masjid is about a km from the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple’. The mosque is adorned with four ornamented minarets, which, combined with its spellbinding architecture, make this structure a sight to behold.

Another attraction of Mathura is the Holi celebration. Every year thousands of devotees came here to celebrate Holi. Holi celebration has started by Lord Krishna, there are several stories popular for Holi festival, among which one story which spoke about the colorful play between Lord Krishna and Radha is the most popular story.

The best time to visit the temple is during the holi and swing festival. Every year Swing festival is celebrated at the start of the monsoons. During the festival, the idol is placed on a beautifully decorated silver swing, and the entire temple is decorated with colors. It’s indeed a visual treat, but remember, the place can get a bit crowded at that time.

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