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About Mathura - Uttar Pradesh Tourism

Mathura, also known among tourists as the ‘Janambhoomi’ of Lord Krishna, is an important pilgrim travel destination for Hindus and Krishna followers. Located on the western bank of river Yamuna, the city is one of the seven sacred cities (Sapt Mahapuris) in India with 3000 years of history. Mathura and the area around it, including Vrindavan, Govardhan and Nandgaon are linked with the childhood stories of Lord Krishna. This holy city has many sites that are connected with the legends and stories related to the childhood of Lord Krishna. 

The beauty of Mathura lies in its beautiful ghats, archways and holy temples stretching along the right bank of the River Yamuna. It is also an important craft center. Mathura is a city that is full of celebrations throughout the year with all the major festivals and fairs celebrated here in full swing. The festival of Holi is the most famous among tourists, with travelers from all over India coming to Mathura to witness this unique celebration. The famous Lath Mar Holi is celebrated in Barsana near Mathura, with the women beating the men with sticks similar to the way Shri Krishna was chased away for teasing Radha and Gopis. Another must visit festival that should be witnessed by tourists is the Janmashtami festival, when the whole city is in celebration mood with dance and music everywhere.

The main tourist attraction in Mathura is the Shri Krishna Janambhoomi temple, which is built at the birth place of Lord Krishna. There are several other holy shrines in the city including Dwarkadheesh temple, Gita Mandir, and Jami Masjid. The archaeological museum of Mathura has some amazing collection of rare items from Gupta and Kushana period.  

History of Mathura - Uttar Pradesh Tourism

Mathura has an ancient history. According to the mythological belief, Mathura or Brajbhoomi is famous as a birthplace of Lord Krishna. Vasudeva, father of Lord Krishna, had carried Krishna, the 8th child of Devaki, to Vrindavan or Mathura to save him from being killed by Kansa, brother of Devaki. According to the Archeological Survey of India, the city is mentioned in the oldest Indian epic, the ‘Ramayana’. Earlier the place came to be known as Madhuvan as it was thickly wooded, then Madhupura and later Mathura. This is of the belief that the city might also have got its name from a famous Yadav king Madhu who reigned around 1,600 BC. History of Mathura has undergone different phases, and has seen the fall and rise of many empires.


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