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Mathura Attractions

Tourist Attractions in Mathura

The main tourist attractions in Mathura are the temples and the ghats on the Yamuna river. The tourist attractions in Mathura are the Jami Masjid, Sati Burj, Kans Qila, Dwarkadheesh Temple and Sri Krishna Janmasthan.


The Yamuna river is a focal point for Hindu pilgrims and a paved street runs the length of it. There are a number of bathing ghats which leads to the water's edge and punctuated by arched gateways and temple spires that extend along the right bank of the river. There are 25 ghats on the Yamuna river and the Vishram ghat is one of the important ghats. The Vishram Ghat is the place where Krishna rested after battle with Kans. The steps were reconstructed in 1814. The aarti at this ghat is

Ghat Mathura

a splendid sight, for hundreds of little oil lamps float out on the river at dusk as offering.

Jami Masjid
The Jami Masjid is situated in the centre of the town of Mathura and was built by Abd-un-Nadi, the governor who was killed. This has four minarets, which were once covered with brightly coloured enamel tiles. The courtyard is raised and above the façade are the ninety nine names of Allah.

Sati Burj
The Sati Burj is a 17 m. tall four storeyed square tower of red sandstone with a plastered dome. It is said to have been built in the late 16th century to commemorate the death of the wife of Raja Bhar Mal of Amber, who committed sati.

Dwarkadheesh Temple

The Dwarkadheesh Temple is situated close to Vishram Ghat and offers an introduction to the heart of Braj. This temple was built in 1814 by the treasurer of Gwalior state. Dwarkadheesh Temple is an architectural jewel, but the barely three-feet-high black deity inside is the show-stealer. The living deity with twinkling eyes and naughty smiles charms visitors. Braj-ki-Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated here in the month of March, Jhulan Utsav in July, Janmashtami in August, and Sharad Purnima in early winter. The Utsav is a recurrent world in Braj lore, meaning to be close to God. The festival is an opportunity to celebrate the innate relationship that God Almighty has with the rest of his creation, of love.

Kans Qila
The Kans Quila (fort) was built by Raja Man Singh of Amber and on the banks of the Yamuna river was rebuilt by Akbar. But, now only the ruins remains of this fort. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur also built an observatory here at a later date.


Sri Krishna Janmasthan
The splendid temple of Katra Keshav Dev is built over the little prison cell and is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. A visit to Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi brings one face to face with both facets of Sanatan, ancient Indian theology Sagun and Nirgun.

Excursion from Mathura

Shri Krishna Janmasthan Mathura

Vrindavan is situated about 12 kms from Mathura, and it is the place where Radha Rani rules. Some of the Krishna temples in Braj often have Radhaji’s crown and jewellery kept near Krishna to symbolize their inseparable identity. Vrindavan is also closely linked to the Lord Krishna's youth and the stories of his playful pranks. It is an important place of pilgrimage like Mathura. Today, it is temple town with ghats along the river and numerous shrines. Kesi Gaht is the most popular ghat on Yamuna river in Vrindavan. It has a grand old frontage. The Yamuna arti is carried out here in the morning and evening. The most important temples in Vrindavan are the Govind Dev temple. This temple was built at an enormous cost of one crore rupees by Raja man Singh of Jaipur in 1590 AD. This temple was under the care of Sri Rupa Goswami, one of the 6 disciples that Chitanya Mahaprabhu entrusted with the revival of Vrindavan. This temple is built in the red sandstone in the shape of a Greek cross, and was once a magnificent seven storeyed structure. The other temples in Vrindavan are the Rangaji Temple, the Madan mohan Temple, Banke Bihari temple, Radha Vallabh Temple and Shahji Temple. The ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) has also built an ornamental temple at Vrindavan. The Iskcon temple was built in 1975 by Sri Prabhupada, who charmed the west towards Radha Krishna.


Mahaban is situated about 9 km of Mathura on the eastern banks of the Yamuna river. Mahaban means a great forest. There is no forest now, but in 1634 Shah Jahan is recorded as having held a hunt here and killed four tigers. The town was sacked by Mahmud of Ghazni and in 1234 was a rendezvous point for the armies of Shams-ud-din Altamish sent against Kalinjar. The temple of Mathuranathji is worth visiting.


Gokul is situated on the banks of the Yamuna river and approached by a long flight of steps (ghat) from the river. Gokul means cow herd. Gokul is situated about 15 km away from Mathura and is associated with very early Hindu legends and is where Vishnu first appeared as Lord Krishna. It is the place where the young Krishna was hidden after his birth and brought up in secrecy by his parents Nand and Yashoda to protect him from Kansa. The members of the Valabhacharya Sect made this place as the headquarters and have built some large temples. The 16th and 17th century temples built here house silver cradles for baby Krishna. Thakurani ghat at Gokul is the seat of Valabhacharya’s followers to this day.


Baldeo is situated about 8 km south east of Mathura, and another place of pilgrimage. This place is associated with Baladeva, Krishna’s elder brother. There is a temple which is dedicated to the Baldeo and the Khirsagar tank (Sea of Milk).


Barsana is known as the birthplace of the Sri Radha Rani, Lord Krishna’s consort. The temples built on the elevation of four hillocks are dedicated to the divine couple. These are the only temples in India which Radha is worshipped. The main temple is the Radha Rani temple which is mainly known as the Ladliji Temple. It is a splendid structure in red sandstone and was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo of Orchha in 1675. Barsana is also known for the Lathmar holi.


Nandgaon was the home of the Lord Krishna's father Nand. The spacious temple dedicated to Nand Rai was built by the Jat ruler Roop singh on the hill. Nandgaon is famous for its Lathmar Holi. Charkula dance is traditionally associated with Braj ki holi. It rules the night with lit diyas, small traditional lamps balanced on the dancing damsels’ heads. They are accompanied by heady Rasiya songs.

Govardhan is greatly venerated as it is considered an incarnation of Krishna himself. It is also famous as the young Krishna lifted the Giriraj Hill or Govardhan Parvat on the tip of the finger to protect the people from an onslaught of rain sent down by the Lord Indra.


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