Friday, September 16, 2011

When you say Hare Krishna think Mathura

Hare Krishna! The Chant gives you a lot of peace and tranquility. It immediately transfers you to a land of meditation and devotion. Right in North India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, a little away from Agra, you would find a place which is drowned in this chant of Hare Krishna. Mathura – The Land of Krishna and the birthplace of this popular Indian God Lord Krishna. Also called the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi meaning the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is thronged by devotees who wish to have a glimpse of their favourite god.

Mathura, an erstwhile economic centre of ancient times is replete with stories of the Indian epics Mahabharata and the Bhagavat Purana. One who comes to Mathura would have to see the following places for sure.
Mathura 


Mathura is the land of Braj which is the place where Lord Krishna has had his childhood and his pranks with the milkmaids are still a legendary story in the annals of Indian legends.


The temple of Dwarkadeesh is what attracts all the Hindus towards this city. This is a very important landmark in the city of Mathura, and is found in the centre of this festive city. The sect of Vallabhacharya manages the temple and protect this most popular temple in the city of Mathura. The architecture of this temple interests any person and he is treated to the best visual treat as regards architectural elegance.

Dwarkadeesh temple

Located near the banks of the Yamuna River this temple is visited all through the year. The Dwarkadeesh temple exists since the year 1814 and was built by a merchant Seth Gokul Das who was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. The inside of the temple is beautiful with the intricate architectural works and has depicted the love of Radha and other deities very well and it is intriguing to see the amount of art and talent that has gone into building this temple’s structures. It is a complete paradise during the festival times and so Diwali, Janmashtami and Holi and other Indian festivals are celebrated here with the ultimate pomp and fervor.

Yamuna River
The Mathura Kusum Sarovar is another attraction in this holy city. This 450 feet long water tank is said to be existing since the times of Lord Krishna. The number of stairs that the tank has on all side intrigues all and the tank is visited by all tourists along with the Radha Kunj which is another water body in Mathura.

Mathura Kusum Sarovar

Krishna Janmabhoomi is the place where Lord Krishna was born and it is believed that the present temple is built over the spot where the prison where Krishna was born existed.

After all the sightseeing, shopping is the next best thing to do here. Religious tourism coupled with commercial activity is the only thing that flourishes here in Mathura. There are many items which are hot favorites here. Peda, the sweet is very popular and Mathura Peda is indeed very delicious. The Khurchan is another semi liquid variety of sweet that is famous here.

With all this in tow, Mathura certainly gives eternal bliss to every devotee visiting this place.

Source : theearthtraveler.com