Introduction City OF Lord Krishana
The twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan are about 56 km from Agra. In and around this heart of Braj Bhumi are spots and symbols that may immerse your trip in spiritualism.
The twin cities personify the legend of Lord Krishna, with folklore, cultural traditions, and even day-to-day life are imbued with a divine presence. Amidst the mesmerizing temples, gardens, music, art, and dances the legend of Lord Krishna comes alive in all its color and glory– every day.
Places to Visit in Mathura
Krishana Janmabhoomi :- This is a high-security complex, so you can’t take your mobile, camera, and other large bags. Go early to enjoy darshan, early morning darshan (around 7 am) and was perfect to avoid large crowds and enjoy the morning aarti. There is a convenient place to keep your footwear, so you needn’t leave that at your hotel.
Barsana Sri Radha Rani Temple:- Up a small hill with great natural views along with the incomparable vibrations of God in the form of Mother Radha’s magnificent temple. Beware of the priests.
Govardhan Hill:- It is believed in Hindu mythology that the Govardhan hill was lifted by Lord Krishna on his index finger to save his village and villagers. It is also known for its parikrama of 21 km lots of pilgrims come here for parikrama on foot and many pilgrims who can not walk on foot. there is a facility to do the parikrama by taxi and car also.
Krishna Janmsthan Complex:- The Sri Krishna Janmasthan is inside the Janmabhoomi complex. It is one of the most sacred places for Hindus especially Vaishnavs. The birthplace is inside a prison-like walled structure. The temple complex is well guarded. No electronic items like mobile and car keys, leather purses, belts, and food items are not allowed inside the complex.
Dwarkadish temple:- Lord Krishna is worshipped here as ‘King of Dwarka’ and thus the name Dwarkadish was given to the temple. The temple more than 200 years old is the largest in Mathura, India. The main attraction of the temple is the beautiful deity of Lord Krishna which is made up of black marble and the deity of Radharani, made up of white marble. The beautiful architecture and painting on the ceiling leave one spellbound!
Vishram Ghat:- Have a boat ride starting from Vishram ghat and back to the same ghat (after visiting 26 other ghats). In the evening the view here is phenomenal because of the Aarti ceremony during the evening.
Radha Kund:- this is the holy pond through which people take parikrama and worship god its pious so visit with friends
Sri Krishana Janambhommi temple complex:- For all Krishna Devotees across the globe, this is a shrine of prime interest. Believed to be the Birth-Place of Lord Krishna, the underground cellar where King Kans had imprisoned Krishna’s parents still remains a big draw. The huge area seems like a fort, with armed personnel guarding the premises in all directions.
Elephant conversation center & care center:- Reservation is required to visit this place but is easy to arrange on their website. We visited both the elephant and sloth bear Wildlife SOS site on the route between Delhi and Agra. The video explaining the abusive the elephants have suffered is not easy to watch. However, the elephant now shows no signs of distress. The onsite café has a good selection.
Kusum Sarovar:- Kusum Sarovar is located near Radha Kund. One of the major attractions here. As per the story here Radha and Krishna met secretly.
Place to Visit Varandhvan
A temple of unparalled beauty for the worship of transcendental brothers Krishna and Balram in the same village where they played more then 5000 years ago.
The Street Foods Mathura And Vrindavan Offers:
Mathura Ka Peda
Mathura is considered the brand name for peda sweet. It is prepared as bhog (offering) for Lord Krishna. It is a rich caramelized reduction of milk, with a tinge of cardamom and ghee, giving a rich flavor to the sweet.
Lord Krishna is also fondly called ‘makhan chor’ and from here we get the term Makhan mishri. Makhan mishri (sweetened white butter) is basically white butter with mishri (sugar candy) on the top, served in a small earthen pot. It is believed that Mother Yashoda used to feed her Balgopal his favorite makhan mishri every day.
Hing Kachori And Jalebi
If you are in Mathura, you must start your day with kachori and jalebi. Drenched in desi ghee, these kachoris are flat and served with aloo ki sabzi (potato curry). The best part is the strong flavour of hing (asafoetida) in the kachoris. And this spicy kachori treat remains incomplete without crispy, hot jalebis, drenched in syrup.
Khaman, Dhokla And Poha
Mathura has a large influence of Gujarati food in their cuisine and the reason behind the same is the Gujarati sect of Hindus, who are religious followers of Lord Krishna. Hence, one will surely find khaman dhokla and poha in this city, alongside kachori and samosa.
Bhalle Papdi And Golgappe
In Mathura, bhalle is deep fried potato patty, served with dahi and chutney. Bhalle of Mathura can be considered as a distant cousin of what we call aloo tikki. So do not forget to try golgappe and bhalle papdi of Mathura.
Milk, Rabri And Lassi
Kadhai wale doodh. It is basically milk, simmered all day in an iron kadhai, which turns thick when consumed, with a layer of malai on the top. Rabri is also a famous food of Mathura. It is basically condensed milk, served in an earthen pot, with Kesar, spices, and nuts added to it. Rabri and jalebi is a bond that can never be broken. And of course, when we talk about milk products, how can we miss lassi- a glassful of happiness with rich malai on it.
Ghewar is a disc-shaped sweet cake made with maida (all-purpose flour) and soaked in sugar syrup. Ghewar in Mathura turns unique because of its layers of malai and dry fruits.
Festivals in Mathura And Vrindavan
Janamashtami in Vrindavan
The birth of Lord Krishna or his ‘Janamashtami’ is celebrated with the greatest fanfare and aplomb in Vrindavan. A number of rituals are associated with his birth and are enacted through ‘Raas Lila’ at various sites. People dress up their children as little ‘Gopals’ and seek the blessings of the Lord. In almost all the temples the decoration and the festivities are planned several days in advance.
Vasant Panchami in Vrindavan
Another festival associated with the Pitamber (yellow or clothes wearing) Krishna is Vasant Panchami when everyone dresses in marigold yellow to commemorate the event. It marks the receding of the winter and the blossoming of spring.
Shivratri in Vrindavan
- Rahi Tourist Bungalow, Civil Lines, Mathura
- Rahi Hotel, Junction Road, Mathura
- Tourist Complex, NH2
Shivratri, the day of the Lord Shiva and Gaura Purnima, a significant day associated with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are observed with great devotion by several devotees besides many of the other festivals that are celebrated at Vrindavan with its unique levels of participation.
Govardhan Puja Vrindavan
Another one of these are Govardhan Puja, when he had lifted the massive Govardhan Parwat or mountain on his little finger and protected the entire clans and animals of Gokul under its protective umbrella from the rabid onslaught of the stormy weather.
Dahi Handi in Vrindavan
‘Dahi Handi’ or ‘Reaching the Yogurt Pot’ is an interesting enactment of how the wily Krishna would get at the most inaccessible of places to satiate his own and his friend’s yearning for fresh butter churned by gopis. This festival comprising the youth of a locality getting together and forming a pyramid by standing on each other’s shoulders and steadily climbing up to great heights to reach a pot of butter or dahi hung up precariously at some very high point.
Holi in Vrindavan
The festivals of Vrindavan are unique, colorful events almost always involving ‘Raas’ or singing and dancing, the throwing of colors and eating several sweetmeats. The grandest festival, however, is the Holi festival or the festival of colors that virtually provokes everybody to lose all inhibitions and immerse themselves in the multifarious presence of the Lord.
Akshaya Tritiya in Vrindavan
The festival of Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated when Banke Bihariji or the supreme deity enshrined in the Banke Bihari Temple shows his beautiful lotus feet for ‘darshan’ and it is this holy vision of the wondrous feet of Lord Krishna that has driven devotees to sing paeans in their glory. Many devotees have experienced miracles when they sighted the feet of the Lord.
Guru Poornima in Vrindavan
Guru Poornima is the day when the teachers or Gurus are paid obeisance among them the sage Ved Vyasa is the given the highest position because of his iconic work in organizing the wealth of mortal knowledge in the four great epitomes, the Vedas namely the Yajur, Sama, Atharva and the Rig Vedas. To him also goes the credit of the penmanship of the great epic Mahabharata and within it the supreme lesson of life as embodied in the Bhagwad Gita or the divine sermon of Lord Krishna to Arjun on the battle field of Kurukshetra. Sage Vyasa is also the author of the ‘Veda sootras’ that are the explanatory treatise on the Vedas.
Hariyali Teej Vrindavan
The festival of Haryali Teej is another festival peculiar to Vrindavan. This festival marks the end of the hot summer and is the point where the soft rains are welcomed. It is a time when the earth takes on a green hue after the long parched months. As the showers begin to fall regularly towards the middle of this ‘sharavan’ month it is nearer the amavasya of sharavan that the Lord’s resplendent swing is setup outside the Jagmohan of the Banke Bihari Temple. The Lord with his consort moves out to the beautifully ornate swing that defies description at the very least. There he is seen by this deliriously ecstatic devotees in hues of green garments that make him almost one with nature and on that day the Prasad comprises ‘ghevar’ and ‘pheyni’ both of which are sweetened rice and milk preparations.
Raksha Bandhan in Vrindavan
Raksha Bandhan is the festival of making and reliving annually a promise of protection and loving bonds between a brother and a sister. Draupadi or Krisna as she was named by the gods was the sakhi or sister of Lord Krishna. She developed this bond from her heart and loved the Lord as a brother.
Radha Ashtami Vrindavan
Radha Ashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna’s playmate and heartthrob Radha. Vrindavan celebrates this day with about as much gaiety and pomp as it does the birthday of the Lord himself. Interestingly, it is also the birthday of Swami Haridas
Nandotsav festival is celebrated a day after the Janamashtami. The priests of the temple give back to the devotes the vast collection of gifts, toys, utensils, commemorative coins, all kinds of sweetmeats as Prasad and a variety of clothing in the celebration of the birth of Nand Baba’s son, Krishna. There is widespread happiness and almost everybody greets each other with a smile and the happy expression of a child being born in their midst. The celebrations are wild and marked with a heady carelessness as if now that Krishna has been born all will be well with the world. This festival is a virtual marker of the life of the Lord as the cowherd or ‘Nand Gopala’.
Bhai Dooj in Vrindavan
Bhai Dooj festival is celebrated after Deepavali all over northern India. In Vrindavan it takes on a special meaning as Yamuna the sister of Yamraj or the God of Death and the daughter of Surya or the Sun God blesses all who come to her banks with protection from the travails her brother may put them through. In fact she has the power to deliver them from the hands of death virtually. This divine power is granted to her by virtual of being Lord Krishna’s fourth wife also. She is a faithful and devoted wife who followed Krishna to Dwarka also as one of his principal queens.
During the festival of Akshay Navami the Vrindavan dham yatra is taken on. The devotees travel barefoot through the streets of Vrindavan and anoint their foreheads with its mud or ‘Vraj raj’. The devotees perform the entire ‘parikrama’ or circumambulation and it is interesting to note that even the most frail ones also manage to complete the circuit from Mathura to Vrindavan and back feeling elated and recharged. They are covered from head to toe in Vraj Raj.
Bihar Panchami in Vrindavan
The Bihar Panchami Festival is another one of the festivities that is peculiar to Vrindavan. This festival commemorates the day when Swami Haridas through his Divine meditations had given his disciples a vision of the Lord and his beatific consort.
Which is better place to stay Mathura or Vrindavan?
Hotels in Mathura are more plentiful than hotels in Vrindavan, although quality is often lacking and congested Mathura is not as appealing. … If you want to experience the ancient spiritual side of Vrindavan, it’s better to stay nearer to Banke Bihari Temple, which is closer to the old town.
How can I stay free in Vrindavan?
Here is the list of 7 Ashrams in Vrindavan For Peace And Tranquility
- Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan Ashram. Sant Bindu Ji Marg, Parikrama Marg, Ram Nagar, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.
- New Fogla Ashram. Shyama Shyam Dham, Raman Reiti, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.
- Shri Govind Dham Ashram.
- Raghunath Ashram.
- Anand Vrindavan.
How to Reach Mathura
By Train :-
Mathura Junction railway station it is situated on the major Delhi-Mumbai train route. Both Central Railway and Western Railway routes pass through Mathura.
Mathura is connected by road:- to the rest of Uttar Pradesh and India. NH-19 (NH-2 as per the old numbering system) which is having connectivity from Delhi to Kolkata and diversion for Chennai also passes from Mathura. Yamuna expressway Greater-Noida to Agra(165 km 6 lane access controlled express highway) also passes from here so there is connectivity to Noida and Agra and Lucknow.
Currently, the city has no airport, the nearest airport is Agra (about 60 km away) and Delhi Airport (about 160 km away)
9 Things To Do In Mathura
Apart from visiting temples, there are many things to do in Mathura. Tourists from across the country and the globe are seldom exposed to various other activities provide a great experience as well as bring in peace and calm. Let us take a look at them one by one and see what are the things to do in Mathura on your next trip.
- Kusum Sarovar – Dip In Holy Waters
- Kans Quila – Experience Mahabharata
- Kesi Ghat – Indulge In Photography
- Govardhan Hill – Trekking Amidst Nature
- Lathmar Holi – Witness The Fun
- Shopping – Live The Experience
- Bhuteshwar Temple – Witness Patal Devi Cave
- Dolphin World Water Park – Adventure Filled Day
- Vaishno Devi Dham – Enjoy Comfortable Stay
Mathura is mentioned in the epic Ramayan. It is on record that Mathura was one of the capitals of Kushan King Kanishka(130AD).
- The festival known as Brahmotsava is held after Holi in the month of (February and March). Around one lakh people attend visitors. Rath ka Mela is a giant wooden chariot pulled devotees from the Rangji temple to its ground.
- You can attend the Sandhya (Evening aarti), at ISKON. The timings are 7:00 PM in summers and 6:30 PM in winter. People here sing, dance and chant.
- Hindu Pilgrims do Parikrama; it is about the six-kilometer walk. It was good to start it early in the morning.
- Nidhi van- This is a place of relaxation for Krishna. The shrine was decorated with flowers every morning because according to belief the Lord visited this place with Radhaji.
- Excellent Indian food is served behind the ISKON temple. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant with a casual dining concept.
- Must try Lassi, the incredible drink served in addition Jal jeera is another specialty of this region.
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