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Mathura Temples Tour

The land of love and Bhajans, Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna replete with imposing temples, each dedicated to the different stages of the Lord's life. The Greeks, the Huns, Scythians from the North of the Black Sea, Mughals and the British all captured this coveted town at one time or other. The nucleus of Braj bhoomi, Mathura is as old as the Himalayas that was born two millions years ago out of the Tethys Sea.
Temples in Mathura
The western side of the Braj bhoomi covers Mathura as well as Brindavan, Govardhan, Kusum, Sarovar, Barsana and Nandgaon. The town of Mathura can be defined by its long picturesque ghats with their steps leading to the edge of the water, temples spires along the banks and arched gateways. It is today counted as an important pilgrimage center of the Hindu religion.


Location
The city of Mathura is located in the western part of the state of Uttar Pradesh, in the northern region of India. It is a part of the great northern plains and is situated on the west bank of the river Yamuna. Mathura is located at a distance of 145 km south-east of Delhi and 58 km north-west of Agra.

Climate
Mathura is hot in summers, with day temperatures going up to 45° Centigrade while winters are comfortable at 12°C . The best time to visit the place is between October to March.
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Major Attractions
Katra Keshav Dev - The splendid temple at the Katra Keshav Dev marks the place that is believed by his devotees to be the spot of Shri Krishna's Janmasthan - the birthplace of the Lord.

Gita Mandir - The beautiful shrine Gita Mandir is located on the Mathura-Vrindavan Road and has a fine image of Shri Krishna in its sanctum. The whole of the Bhagwad Gita is inscribed on the walls of the temple.

Dwarkadhish Temple - Renowned as the holiest and popular shrine of Mathura, the Dwarkadhish Temple to the north of the town is dedicated to Shri Krishna. This temple was built in 1815 by a staunch and wealthy devotee, Seth Gokuldas Parikh, Treasurer of the State of Gwalior. It is the main temple during the days of Holi, Janmasthami and Diwali when every corner is decorated with real grandeur.
Dwarkadhish Temple, Mathura
The Vishram Ghat - Among the most important ghats is the Vishram Ghat, believed to be the place where Krishna took his rest after killing Kansa. It is at this very place that the traditional parikrama or circumambulation of all the important religious and cultural spots of the city begins and ends. There are about 25 Ghats in and around the city.

Twelve Ghats to the north of Vishram Ghat includes the Ganesh Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat with its Neelakantheshwar Temple, Saraswati Sangam Ghat, Chakratirtha Ghat, Krishnaganga Ghat, Somatirth or Swami Ghat, Ghantagharan Ghat, Dharapattan Ghat, Vaikuntha Ghat, Navtirtha or Varahkshetra Ghat, Asikunda Ghat, and Manikarnika Ghat. The puja held at the Vishram Ghat every evening is not to be missed, for the little oil lamps that are floated on the river makes the place magnificently beautiful.

Government Museum - The museum has the richest and the most important collections of Mathura school of Sculptures of the Kushans and the Gupta's in around 3rd century to 12 century. The collections includes the invaluable base relief, architectural fragments and inscriptions, paintings, various creeds and a good number of coins. Ornamentation and hair dressing can be seen on the figures of men and women that are portrayed in an artistic decor.

Kusum Sarovar - The gopis or the young ladies would pick flowers for Lord Krishna and it is the best place for swimming in Braj bhumi. Earlier known as Sumanah Sarovara during the time of Lord Chaitanya, it is stated in the Chaitanya Caritamrita that Lord Chaitanya took bath in this sarovar which is 60ft deep.

Ashoka-lata kunja, or the forest grove, is also situated on the bank of Kusuma Sarovara. It is here that Krishna braided Radharani's hair as illustrated in the Govinda Lilamrita. There is a small temple, on the left of Kusuma Sarovara, by the road that marks the place where Krishna decorated Radharani's hair.


Nearby Attractions
Lake of Tears - The lake is dedicated to Radha, who waited for Lord Krishna in this place filling the lake with her tears. Such is the stunning beauty of the lake at Mansarover a few miles across the Yamuna river from the town of Vrindavan. The lake is a wetland grove and a bird sanctuary. Tradition says that the sarovar was formed from the tears of Sri Radha while in an intensely emotional state of wounded love, for her man . She came here alone when she feared she had lost Krishna from her life.


Pedas, Mathura Shopping
Mathura is famous for the products of marble & alabaster, glass beads, milk based sweets. Textiles, silver ornaments and handicrafts as well as Mathura Pedas are famous all over India. The main shopping areas are close to the Dwarkadheesh Temple at Naya Bazaar and Tilak Dwar.


Accommodation
The Western Radha Ashok Hotel is one of the prominent hotels in the area that comes with wonderful facilities for the visitors. Other important places are Hotel Mansarover Palaces, Hotel Madhuban and Sheetal Regency


How to Reach
By Air - The nearest airport is situated at Kheria in Agra at a distance of 62 km. The nearest international airport is in Delhi which is connected to almost every important city .
By Rail - Mathura is on the main lines of the Central and Western Railways and is connected with all the important cities of the state and country such as Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Jaipur and Gwalior, .
By Road -Mathura is connected to all the major cities by National Highways. It is linked by the regular state bus services of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana .


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