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Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India

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MATHURA FACTS & FIGURES

Iskcon TempleLocation of Mathura: Western Uttar Pradesh, North India
Best time to Visit: Throughout the year
Significance: The Holy Birthplace of Lord Krishna, the nucleus of Brajbhoomi.

Mathura, a little town on the River Yamuna is synonymous with Lord Krishna who is believed have been born here. Alive with devotion to Lord Krishna - the evergreen hero of Hinduism, the lover of Radha and re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu - it has a peaceful and refreshing air about it. Mathura without Lord Krishna is like Bethlehem without Christ.
The city of Mathura is located at a distance of 145 km south-east of Delhi and 58 km north-west of Agra (India). The city has for long attracted Krishna devotees from across the world. Even the casual visitor finds the temples and monuments set in idyllic environs refreshing to core.

Prominent Pilgrimage Attractions of Mathura

• Vishram Ghat

This is the sacred spot where Lord Krishna is believed to have rested after slaying the tyrant Kansa.

Dwarkadheesh Temple

Built in 1814, it is the main temple of the town. The best time to visit the temple is during the festive days of Holi, Janmashtami and Diwali as it is grandly decorated.

Archaeological Museum

Located at Dampier Park, this museum has the finest collection of rare items from the Gupta and Kushan period (400 BC to 1200AD).

Mansarovar

The rare wetland grove and bird sanctuary, roughly five acres in size, is located a few miles across the Yamuna River. Local tradition has it that the lake, or 'sarovar', was formed from the tears of Sri Radha, while in an intensely emotional state of wounded love. She came here alone when she feared she had lost Krishna. In her memory a solitary image of her is worshipped in a small shrine beside the lake.

• Govardhan Hill

There are interesting legends attached to Govardhana Hill. It is said to be in shape of a peacock in the pose when he curves its neck and puts his head under its stomach. Radha Kunda and Syama Kunda are said to be its eyes, Dan Ghati to be its long neck, Mukharavinda to be its mouth and beak and Punchari to be its back and tail feathers. Govardhan Hill is situated some 20 km west of Mathura

Kusuma Sarovara

Kusuma Sarovara is a 25 minutes walk from Radha Kunda. Kusuma means "flower," and here the gopis would pick flowers for Krishna. Kusuma Sarovara is the best swimming spot in Mathura.

Holy Tirthas

There are 25 holy tirthas (bathing places or ghatas) in Mathura. Visram Ghata is in the middle and there are 12 ghatas south of Visrama Ghata and 12 ghatas north. The 12 ghatas in the south extend to Moksa Ghata.
These holy tirthas are mostly located about 400m south of Visrama Ghata, almost right next to each other. Many of the ghatas are known now by different names. Asi Ghata, Prayaga Ghata, Chakra Tirtha Ghata, Krishna Ganga, Dhruva Ghata and Visrama Ghata are still known by the same names.

How to Reach Mathura

• Air: Kheria in Agra is the nearest airport.

• Rail: Mathura railway station is located south of the new bus stand. Mathura is well connected by train.

• Road: The new bus stand is located near Hotel Mansarovar Palace.

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