Located in the western part of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura is a city believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna, according to Hindu mythology. The city has magnificent historical temples depicting various phases of Lord Krishna’s life giving the devotees a glimpse of Krishna’s life. Mathura is one of the most visited pilgrimage destination of the Hindus and is one of the seven sacred cities of India.
These are the places that you cannot miss if you visit this beautiful city of spirituality:
- GOVARDHAN HILL
Hindu mythology says that Lord Krishna in a small age lifted this sacred hill on his little finger for seven nights and seven days to shelter the people and animals of Mathura during heavy rains and flood which was caused due to the anger of Lord Indra, the god of rains.
- SHREE KRISHNA JANMSTHAN TEMPLE
It is believed that this temple is situated at the place where Lord Krishna was born and the result of many excavations has tried to prove this belief.
- DWARKADHISH TEMPLE
The Dwarkadhish temple is one of the holiest temples in Mathura and is famous for its alluring architecture and paintings. Thousands of devotees arrive here every day to worship lord Krishna.
- RADHA KUND
Situated near Govardhan Hill Radha Kund is a holy pond assumed to be containing pure and sacred water that can purify sins of those who take a bath in this divine water body.
- RADHA VALLABH TEMPLE
Radha Vallabh Mandir is one of the seven temples of lord Krishna. This temple is the embodiment of the sacred love of Radha and Krishna. The magnificent temple does not have a deity of Radha but has a crown placed next to Lord Krishna to mark her presence.
Vrindavan is a holy town in Mathura and is the most spiritual pilgrimage visited by around 500000 pilgrims every year. It is believed that Lord Krishna spent his childhood here. Each and every corner of this town smells of spirituality. Seeing devotes enchanting Radha and Krishna songs and dancing on the roads is a common site. Even the dust of this holy place is said to be sacred and devotees are often seen touching it with their forehead.
Places that you should definitely visit if you are planning a divine visit to Vrindavan:
It is mainly known for the mysterious happenings that are famous around this place. It is believed that lord Krishna with Radha perform dance on every night in this temple and the articles that are offered to them in the day are found to be used the next morning despite the locked doors of the temple at night.
- PREM MANDIR
This magnificent temple is a marvelous example of tremendous architecture and design on white marbles maintained by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishad.It is dedicated to Lord Radha Krishna and Sita Ram. It depicts the events in the life of lord Krishna with different and beautiful sculptures. The temple is aesthetically pleasing from both inside and the outside with grand chandeliers, lightings and statues that look like coming to life.
- ISKCON TEMPLE
ISKCON stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness who believes in spreading the teachings of lord Krishna. A Hari(lord) Keertan is can be heard in the temple throughout the day where the international devotes who have dedicated their life to god can be seen singing and dancing.
- BANKE BIHARI TEMPLE
Banke Bihari Mandir is the most revered temples of the country. It witnesses thousands of devotees who have their love, faith, conviction and belief in Lord Krishna. Krishna’s sculpture stands in tribhanga position.
- RADHA RAMAN TEMPLE
It is believed that the deity here is self manifested from one of the shalagram-shilas.
- KATYAYANI PEETH
The Katyayani Peeth is one of the 51 Shakti peeths in the country and is also known as Uma Shakti Peeth .The grand celebrations of the Navaratri festival is worth a watch.
- GOPESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple depicts the lord in the form of a gopi. This has been derived from a tale where he took the shape of a female to see the Rasa dance.