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Mathura, a pilgrim centre in Uttar Pradesh
The land where Shri Krishna was born and exhausted his youth has today little towns and villages that are still alive with the Krishna legend and still redolent with the music of his flute. Mathura, a little urban area on the River Yamuna was altered into a place of faith after Lord Krishna was born here. Vrindavan, a village - once noted for its scented groves, is where he spent an action-packed youth. There are numerous other little spots in the area that still reverberate with the enchantment of Shri Krishna.
Mathura is a holy city in Uttar Pradesh. Mathura is located approximately 50 km north of Agra, and 150 km south of Delhi; about twenty kilometers from holy Vrindavana. It is the administrative centre of Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh.
Places of interest
Vrindavan: Vrindavan, just 15 km from Mathura, is one more major place of pilgrimage. It is noted for its numerous temples - both old and recent. The name Vrindavan evokes the playfulness and lovable distinctiveness of Shri Krishna.
Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi: This is the smudge where Lord Krishna was born in Mathura. A granite slab marks the inventive spot of birth in the Katra Keshav Deo Temple at the site.
Nandgaon: At the foot of a hill 51 Kms. north-east of Mathura is located the venerable village of Nandgaon. It is well-known as the home of Lord Krishna's foster father Nand, in whose memory a hard work temple stand on the brow of the hill.
Gokul: About 15 Kms. of the south-east of Mathura associated by a metalled road is Gokul, a suburb of the domestic town of Mahavan on the bank of the river Yamuna. Gukul is a celebrated spot where Lord Krishna was reared in confidentiality by his nurse.
Baldeo: According to hindu legends this is the place where Lord Krishna's elder brother named 'Baldeo' use to rule. This situate is also known as 'Dauji' in the local areas in the region of mathura as the other name of Lord Baldeo was 'Dau maharaj'.
Goverdhan: It is a religious-town near Mathura, India, renowned for its temple named Daan-Ghati. The temple god is a different form of Lord Krishna. The town is also renowned for its 21 kilometer long Parikrama of the very old hill called Goverdhan. The parikrama procession is held in very high devout belief.
Dwarkadheesh Temple: Built in 1814, it is the main temple of the town. The best time to visit the temple is during the festive days of Holi, Janmashtami and Diwali as it is grandly decorated.
Gita Mandir: The Gita Mandir on the Mathura-Vrindavan road has been built by the Birlas, one of India's premier industrial clans. It has a fine representation of Lord Krishna in its sanctum. The entire Bhagwad Gita is emblazoned on a pillar called the Gita Stambh the temple carving and painting are a major attraction.
Barsana: 21 Km to the north of Goverdhan is Barsana the birth place of Radha a favorite devotee of Lord Krishna. It is a famous place for pilgrimage with a regular bus overhaul from Mathura to Barsana Via Kosi & Goverdhan.
Best time to visit:
Mathura can be travel round the year the best time between October and March.
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