Vishram Ghat is the most important ghat
on the banks of Yamuna River
. According to Hindu mythology, it was here that Lord Krishna
rested after a long battle fought to kill his evil uncle Kamsa
. The name of the ghat is derived from this particular incidence. The word ‘vishram’ means ‘rest’.
Some of the most important temples in the town are located adjoining this ghat. Noted among these are Neelakanteshwar Temple and Veni Madhav Temple. Other nearby temples include Mukut Temple, Radha-Damodar Temple, Murli Manohar Temple, Yamuna-Krishna Temple and Langali Hanuman Temple.
Vishram Ghat is the start and end point of the ‘parikrama’, which is a procession that circumambulates all the important religious spots in Mathura. This ghat is host to a dazzling spectacle during the evening. Following the evening prayers, the devotees float tiny oil lamps into the adjoining Yamuna River. Hundreds of these floating lamps provide a spectacular scene for the onlookers.