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Mathura

The Birthplace of Lord Krishna



The city of Mathura, the nucleus of Brajbhoomi, is located 145 km south-east of Delhi and 58 km north-west of Agra. Mathura attained fame as the birthplace of Lord Krishna and a beautiful temple at the Katra Keshav Dev marks the exact spot . A city of temples and shrines, the most popular shrine is the Dwarikadhish Temple to the north of the town, built in 1815. The city stretches along the right bank of river Yamuna and there is an impressive line of ghats along the river. There are 25 ghats in Mathura, of which the most important is the Vishram Ghat where Krishna is believed to have rested after killing Kamsa.

Mathura is now a place of pilgrimage and a visit to its 'kunds' is considered important. Only four among the 159 kunds have survived.

The buildings and structures in Mathura display a harmonious blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Kans Quila, Sati Burj, Jama Masjid, Yamuna Bagh, and Government Museum are the major tourist attractions. The Rang Gulal Mahotsav and the Janmashtami are the festivals at Mathura.

Mathura is 141 km from Delhi. The nearest railway station is at Mathura and the nearest airport at Agra (47 km).



Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Mathura

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