Known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, there are many spiritually healing places to visit in Mathura. It is dotted with numerous temples and ghats, each one with great history-filled religious myths and tales. An always crowded with tourists attraction of India, find below the iconic 9 places to visit in Mathura:
- Govardhan Hill
- Pilgrimage spot and The Holy Town of Goverdhan is famous for the religiously significant Govardhan Hill.
- Brajwaasis were sheltered and protected under the Hill by Lord Krishna, who lifted the Govardhan Parvat on his little finger, thus shattering the pride of Indra (God Of Rain).
- The devotees perform a 21km Parikrama to show their devotion to Lord Krishna, called Govardhan Prakriya.
- Location:- Giriraj Govardhan Colony
- Timings:- All through the day
- Dwarkadhish Temple
- The Dwarkadhish Temple is praised as the holiest temple in Mathura, famous for its elaborate architecture and paintings.
- The temple is relatively new (built-in 1814) but is highly revered.
- It is dedicated to Lord Dwarkadheesh / Dwarkanath (another form of Lord Krishna) depicted in a black marble idol.
- Location:- Raja Dhiraj Bazar Road
- Timings:- 6.30am to 10.30am / 4pm to 7pm
- Shri Krishna Bhoomi temple
- Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple was constructed around the prison cell where Kansa imprisoned Krishna and his parents. Considered Krishna’s Janmasthan (birthplace), for Hindus, this temple is of great importance.
- Devastated by many kings multiple times, the place was restored by the industrialists to aid in financing.
- Location:- Mathura–Deeg Marg, near Deeg Gate Chauraha, Janam Bhumi
- Timings:- 5am to 12pm / 3pm to 8.30pm
- Kusum Sarovar
- Kusum Sarovar is the place where Radha used to meet Lord Krishna and collect flowers. Apart from its religious importance, this reservoir is a popular day spot for tourists visiting Mathura.
- Kusum Sarovar is 450 feet long, and 60 feet deep is indeed a cherished swimming spot.
- Location:- Radha Kunj
- Timings:- All through the day
- Gita Mandir
- It is situated around 6.5km from Mathura junction on the Mathura-Vrindavan Road. The peaceful Gita Mandir is also called the Birla Mandir.
- It is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site visited by devotees and travellers year-round. Dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narayan, this holy shrine has an extraordinary architecture that speaks volumes of its beauty, also showing its delicate carvings and arts with dignity.
- Location:- Main Vrindavan to Mathura Road
- Timings:- 6am to 7pm
- Vishram Ghat
- It is said that Lord Krishna rested on Vishram Ghat after killing Kansa. It is on the banks of the River Yamuna, a sacred ghat of the Mathura.
- Ghat is made up of marble stone, with a large stone dome. It is encircled by gorgeous temples, which offers an eye-pleasing view. The highlight here is the thousands of small oil lamps floating down the river during the evening aarti. Also, Boat Riding is available!
- Location:- Banks of River Yamuna
- Timings (Aarti):- 7pm to 7.15 pm (during summer) / 6.45pm to 7pm (during winter)
- Mathura Museum
- The Mathura museum is also known as the Government Museum, built in the year 1874. It has a massive collection of sculptures, pottery, paintings, artefacts, coins (in gold, silver, and copper), and lots more!
- The Museum itself, made out of red sandstone, has remarkable architecture. Like any other museum, the crowd of students, art/history nerds and tourists is seen throughout the year.
- Location:- Near Dampier Park
Timings:- 10.30 am to 4.30 pm (The place is closed on Mondays, second Saturdays, and national holidays.)
- Radha Kund
- Famous for its pure and sacred water, it is believed that Raadha Kund contains mysterious healing powers.
- The Radha Kund is a representation of the eternal love between Radha-Krishna. It said that a single dip in the Radha Kund can rid one of their sins, purifying the soul. Thus, locals and devotees travel from afar to visit this pilgrimage site.
- Location:- Govardhan, Mansi Ganga Lake
- Timings:- 12:00 am – 12:00 am
- Kansa Qila
- An ancient fortress in a decaying state remains one of the most visited spots in Mathura. As the name suggests, it is the palace of Kansa (maternal uncle of Krishna).
- Located close to the Krishna Ganga Ghat and Gau Ghat, this grand fort attracts travellers every month with its Hindu-Muslim fusion structure.
- Kansa Qila does not fail to attract history geeks and architecture lovers from across the country.
- Location:- Ratankund, Chowk Bazar
Timings:- 8am to 4.30pm (Open all days including public holidays).
The best time for these few places to visit in Mathura is between October to March. It is the time when festivals like Janmashtami, Basant Panchami, Holi, and Deepawali can be seen being celebrated with utmost enthusiasm.
Needless to say, these were only a few places to visit in Mathura, which are also a must traverse! As you roam around, do not forget to try and bring home the tasty Peda of Mathura!
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