The birthplace of the Hindu god Krishna, Mathura attracts thousands of Hindu devotees looking to visit several temples and historical places in the city. The sacred city personifies the legend of Lord Krishna and is sure to immerse your visit into spiritualism. Along with Vrindavan, Mathura is the most important places of pilgrimage for Lord Krishna’s devotees. There are tons of places to visit in Mathura, including several renowned temples as well as 25 ghats on the river Yamuna.
It was also once a Buddhist centre with approximately 20 monasteries. However, after the Afghans and Mughals invasions, the city was left in ruins, which are now preserved in the archaeological museums.
Neo Travellers’ List of Best Places To Visit in Mathura
Located just 22km from Mathura, Govardhan Hill is one of the most popular places to visit in Mathura. This place is mentioned in the Holy Bhagwat Gita, where Lord Krishna states that the hill or ‘Parvat’ is no different than him. Therefore, all the devotees of Krishna worship the rocks of the hill just like they worship Krishna’s idol.
Govardhan Hill is composed of sandstone and is 80 feet tall with 38 km circumference. While you are here, you can visit some of these interesting places around the hill: Mansi Ganga, Mukharvind, and Daan Ghati. According to legends, Lord Krishna lifted this hill on one finger during his childhood just to save his village from the severe rain.
Govardhan Hill is visited the most on Guru Purnima and Govardhan Puja. The hill is definitely a place to visit in Mathura for its cultural and historical relevance. And while you are in Mathura, don’t forget to taste its special sweet dish called the ‘Peda’!
Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex
Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex is believed to be the birthplace or the ‘janambhoomi’ of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna. Krishna is said to be the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to ancient scriptures, Lord Krishna was born in a prison cell, a place that is now occupied by a temple and is visited by thousands of tourists and devotees each year.
Sri Krishna Janambhoomi Temple Complex was destroyed during the Muslim invasion. The complex also has small shrines of several gods and goddesses. The best time to visit the temple is during Janmashtami and Holi festivals when the festivities are at its peak.
Dwarkadheesh Temple is a relatively new temple in the ancient, holy city of Mathura. Yet, it is one of the best places to visit in Mathura since it is famous for Janmashtami, a festival that begins during the commencement of the monsoons in this region. The temple was completed in the year 1814 by the worshiper of Lord Krishna and the treasurer of the Estate of Gwalior, Seth Gokul Das Parikh.
Dwarkadheesh Temple is close to Vishram Ghat, with Lord Krishna and Radha as the main deities in the temple complex. It has an ethereal ambience due to the paintings and carvings inside the walls. The temple is huge and the main shrine has an entrance that is built in Rajasthani style.
Kusum Sarovar is a tank situated near Radha Kunj and is 450 feet long and 60 feet deep. The reservoir is named after Radha, who is believed to have met Lord Krishna near this place. It is a must visit place in Mathura for people who love nature and appreciate a calm and serene environment. It is also a hit amongst visitors who love to swim. The evening Aarti here is the main attraction that should not be missed by anyone.
The Kans Qila or Kans Fort gets its name from Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle Kans. It is believed to be dated back to the Mahabharat times, perhaps 7th century BC. It was ruined over the years and is said to have been restored by Raja Mansingh I of Jaipur. The fort is constructed in a Hindu and Mughal styled architecture and is on the banks of the river Yamuna.
The Kans Qila is said to save people of Mathura from floods in the Yamuna River. The old hall of the fort is magnificent, while the entire structure is divided into three aisles. Due to lack of maintenance, today tourists will only find a dilapidated structure. It is also referred to as the Old Fort or Purana Qila of Mathura.
Timings: Open all day from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fee: Entry is free. Pets are not allowed.
Best time to visit: From October to March
Mathura Museum is a government Museum located at a distance of 2.5 km from Mathura Junction Railway Station. It is an archaeological museum near the Dampier Park and is one of the best places to visit in Mathura. Founded by Sir F. S. Growse in 1874, it was initially called Curzon Museum of Archaeology. It was later renamed Archaeology Museum, before finally being named the Government Museum, Mathura.
Mathura Museum has a beautiful building that is worth visiting. It is octagonal in shape and constructed out of the red-sandstone. It houses ancient sculptures of the Mathura school dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. These ancient artefacts provide some brilliant insights into the Gupta and Kushan kingdoms. The museum is also home to a collection of stone sculptures, terracotta, gold, silver and copper coins. In addition to that, visitors can also find ancient paintings, bronze sculptures, pottery and clay seals.
Entry Fee: INR 5 for Adults, INR 2 for children and INR 25 per foreigners.
Timings: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Closed on Mondays, Second Saturdays and on National Holidays.
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