PLACE AT DISTRICT MATHURA
| Mathura widely known as birth place of lord Krishna is located on
the western bank of river Yamuna at latitude 27degree 41 Minute N
and 77Degree and 41 Minuet E. It is 145 Km south-east of Delhi and 58 Km north west of
Agra in the State of Uttar Pradesh. For about 3000 Year it was the hub of culture and
civilization . Held in sanctity by the Buddhists, Jain and Brahmanical faith alike, it has
a long and chequered history. One of the Sapta Mahapuris, it was ruled in turns by the
kings of Solar and Lunar dynasties and became a center of three Cultures India
Indo-Scythian and Hellenstic. For are creation Mathura is the Athens of India. The great
school of sculpture known as Mathura school of Art flourished here for 1200 Years. Such
proliflic creativety and gushing devotion to novel Art Forms and experi-ment in sculptures
and clay figurines as found in this school are rare in the annals of indian Art
History. A survey of this glorious School of Art can be made in the Government Museum,
Mathura. The present day Mathura abounds in Place of Religious and Historic Interest, All
round the year A large number of Festival and fairs are held in Matura and adjoining areas
of Vrindavan Gokul, Brazen and Goverdhan The rascal of Brij is thematically the basis of
many performing Arts.
SHRI KRISHNA JANMA BHUMI : The Birth Place of Lord Krishna
JAMA MASJID : Built by Abo-inNabir-Khan in 1661.A.D. the mosque has 4
lofty minarets, with bright colored plaster mosaic of which a few panels currently exist.
VISHRAM GHAT : 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 in the
town. During the festive days of Holi, Janmashthami and Diwali, it is decorated on a
GITA MANDIR : Situated on the city outskirts, the temple carving and
painting are a major attraction.
GOVT. MESEUM : Located at Dampier Park, it has one of the finest
collection of archaeological interest. Rare items from the Gupta and Kushan period (400
B.C.-1200A.D.) are on display. Major attraction for tourists.
HOTELS IN MATHURA
|Name of Hotel
||Name of Hotel
|Hotel Radha Ashok
||Masani Bypass, Mathura
||Hotel Raj Mahal
|Hotel Mansarover Place
||State Bank Chauraha
||Hotel Brij Bihar
||Tilak Dwar ,Mathura
|Hotel Country Inn
||Kosi Delhi Road Kosikalan.
||Near Old Bus Stand
|Hotel Dwaper Resorts
||Mathura Agra Road
||Near Old Bus Stand
|Hotel Sanjay Palace
||Arya Samaj Marg Mathura
|Hotel Surya International
||Chauki Bag Bahadur Mathura
|Manglam Tourist Lodge
||Shri Krishna Janmasthan
||Bangali Ghat , Mathura
||Station Road , Mathura
||Near Dwarikadheesh Mandir
||Junction Road, Mathura
||International Guest House
|15 Km. north of Mathura on the same bank of Yamuna, lies the celebrated
town of Vrindavan, almost as closely associated with Krishna as Mathura itself. Indeed one
hardly speak of Vrindavan alone to; the devout Hindu. Mathura-Vrindavan can not a unified
image of untold beauty and religious sanctify. What is comparatively a matter of
detail is that Vrindavan is believed to have been the stage on which Krishna performed his
famous romantic and sportive roles. Unlike busy Mathura. Vrindavan seems perpetually to be
dreaming and imaginatively, re-living its romantic past. There are hundred of shrines in
the town, as also numerous ghats and several sacred tanks, of which one called Brahama
kund and another named Govinda kund are the most highly venerated. The most famous as well
as the finest temple in Vrindavan is that of Govinda Deva, dating from 1590. It is a huge,
Cruciform, Vaulted building of red sandstone with a nave 30Mt.(100Ft.) in height and
breadth the wall is 3 Mt.(10Ft.) thick on an average and is built in two stage. The upper
being a regular triforium.
GOVINDA DEV TEMPLE : Built by Raja Man singh of Jaipur in 1590, The
temple is a testimony of the architectural splendour of medieval India. The temple
walls average 10 ft. thickness. The upper state is regular triforium. Originally seven
stories high, it's upper four stories were destroyed during the reign of Aurangzeb. The
Krishna idol was then removed to Jaipur .
SHAHJI TEMPLE : It was constructed in the year 1860. It is a prominent
temple of northern India. It is famous for it's explendid art architecture ,
sculpture and twelve single piece spiral colemns made up of marble approx 15'high. The
world famous BASANTI KAMRA is situated in the eastern wing of this temple. This room
has spectacular ancient chandelies and rare paintings are available .
RANG JI TEMPLE : Vrindavan 's longest temple, it was constructed in
1851 by Seth Govind Das ji & Seth Laxmi Chand Ji. All were desciples of Acharyavarya
Rangdeshie Swami where as the main gate is in Rajput style , The temple follows South
Indian architectural pattern . The outer wall measure 773 Ft. and encompass a water tank
, a garden and the actual temple . The "Dhweja Stambha " , 50 ft. tall ,
is believed to be gold plated .
MADAN MOHAN TEMPLE : Situated near Kali ghat , it is believed to have
been built by Kapur Ram Das of Multan. The original Image of Madan
Mohan was removed to Karauli during the regin of Aurangzeb .
KRISHNA BALRAM MANDIR (ISKCON VRINDAVAN ) : This is a International
spiritual organisation having 400 centers around the world . This was founded by
srila A.C. Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada . thousands of pilgrims and International
tourists visited Vrindavan centre which is having beautiful temple of Lord Krishna .
RADHA BALLABH TEMPLE : Built in 1626 this temple is of special
architectural interest as remnant of ancient hindu architecture . The Shrine was
demolished in the 17th century and the huge structure only the plinth
GOPI NATH TEMPLE : closely resembling the Madan Mohan mandir in
style and dimension, it was built by Rai Shilji, a Sekhavat Rajput of Jaipur .
GLASS TEMPLE : Its marvelous art of glass work dazzles the pilgrim's
NIDHI VAN : Radhika's Kridasthali, the playground of Krishna's
consort, it is a place of Hindu veneration. The image of Bihariji was discovered by Swami
SEVA KUNJ : Krishna's Vihar Bhoomi, it was sanctified for centuries
ago by Radha Ballabhiya Samaradayachery Shri Goswami Hit Hari Vanshji.
BANKE BIHARI : One of the oldest temple, it was rebuilt in 1921
discpieles of Haridas Swami who got the idol of Bankey Bihari from Nidhi Van.
|Name of Hotels
||Name of Hotel
|Meera Mohan athithi bhawan
||Govind Mohan athithi bhawan
||Chowraha Vidya peeth
|Bhartiya athithi Bhawan
||Shri Ram vishranti grah
||Vidya peeth chowraha
|Jaipuriya smarati bhawan
||Seth Ram krishna
|Hotel Geet Govind
||Shri banke Bihari
|26 Km from Mathura along the road to Deeg. It is named after
the name of the Goverdhan Hillock" which is said to have raised on the finger and was
was put in the condition to save the people from the incessant rain which fell constantly
for seven days to destroy the people of Brij. The hillock is 7 Miles in length. The temple
of Har Deva Ji in Goverdhan town is 400 Yrs old. The Mansi Ganga which is an artificial
lake, was constructed my Man Singh of Jaipur. The dense shady trees the hill ranges and
tranquil flow of Mansi Ganga all unite together and make a charming view which the visitor
can never forget.
KUSM SAROVAR : About two miles from the town, is the boarder of Radha
Kund which have significant architectural group erected by T. Sing in honor of his father,
Suraj Mal, the cenotaph of Suraj Mal which stand on Kusum Sarovar, present in a fine view.
|On the opposite side of Mansi Ganga are two stately cenotaphs built to the
memory of the Randhir Singh and Baldeo Singh, Rajas of Bharatpur State. The cenotaphs
consist of a lofty and substantial square masonry terrace with corner and lateral alcoves.
Kms. to the north of Goverdhan is Radha Kund, A village clustering around two small lake.
It is said the Lord Krishna himself bathed here in self-purification. Between Goverdhan
and Radhakund is seen the cenotaph of Raja Suraj Mal Bharatpur who was sacrificed in 1763.
in front of the cenotaph is an artificial lake with an extensive garden behind.
|21 Kms. to the north of Goverdhan is Barsana the birth place of Radha a
favourite devotee of Lord Krishna. It is a famous place for pilgrimage with a regular bus
service from Mathura to Barsana Via Kosi & Goverdhan.
Barsana originally known as
Brahmasaran lies on a slope of ridge. The four prominent peaks of the hill are
regarded as amblematic of the four-faced divinity and are crowned by a group temple is
honor of Lali Ji a local title of Radha meaning 'the beloved'
There is second hill in Barsana and the path between these two is known as Sankhi Khue.
A fair is held in the month of Bhadon (August-September)
|AT the foot of a hill 51 Kms. north-east of Mathura is situated the
venerable village of Nandgaon. It is known as the home of Lord Krishna's foster father
Nand, in whose memory a spacious temple stand on the brow of the hill. Probably built in
the middle of the 12'th century by one Rup Singh, It consist of an open nave with choir
and sacrarium beyond. Standing in the center of a paved courtyard, it is surrounded by a
lofty wall which commands an extensive view of the Bharatpur hill and the level expanse of
Mathura District as far as Goverdhan.
|About 15 Kms. of the south-east of Mathura connected by a metalled road is
Gokul, a suburb of the inland town of Mahavan on the bank of the river Yamuna. Gukul is a
celebrated spot where Lord Krishna was reared in secrecy by his nurse. This place is very
scared and is visited by thousand of pilgrims particularly during the birth anniversary of
the Lord Krishna in july-august and the time of Annakut festival. Gokul is also associated
with the famous saint Vallabhacharya who lived here for many years. The most important
temple is that of Gokul Nath Ji. The principal meals are Janma in Bhadon and Annkut on the
day after the new Moon of kartik. The "Trinavat Mela" is also held on the fourth
day of the dark half of kartik.
|Lying on the left bank of Yamuna. Mahavan is 4 Kms. from Gokul on the road
to Sadabad. Lord Krishna is believed to have been craddled in this place. The largest and
most sacred temple is that of Mathura Nath an edifice built of rock and plaster.
Overhanging the Yamuna at Mahavan is an old building which is identified as the place of
Nanda 9 Kms from Mahavan on the same route is Baldeo which is another place of pilgrimage.
These places can be visited by taxi or auto. There is a bus service to Baldeo.
|Baldeo is about 9 Kms. from Mahavan on the road leading to Sadabad. In the
center of the town stand the famous temple of Baldeo(Dauji). The elder brother of Lord
Krishna. Two annual fair are held at Baldeo. One on the Sixth day of the light half of
Bhadon called Deo-Chhath other on the full moon of Aghan. There is not a single day in the
course of the year in which the temple court are not occupied with Pilgrims.
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