The Twin Holy Cities
Mathura & Vrindavan, the twin sacred towns of Hindu religion is situated
in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Situated on the bank of the
river Yamuna, both the places are closely and equally associated with
religious sentiments of the people. Both Mathura and Vrindaban are
believed to be the ancient birth place and playground of Lord Krishna.
hence they are considered as one
of the holiest places of India.
The city of Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh, the nucleus of Brajbhoomi, is
located at a distance of 145 km south-east of Delhi and 58 km north-west
of Agra. A extended line of beautiful ghats - with their steps leading
to the water's edge, arched gateways and temples stretching along the
right bank of the River Yamuna, enhances the sacred character of the
town of Mathura. The birth place of Lord Krishna - Mathura is today an
important place of pilgrimage. The holy pilgrimage of Vrindaban is 15 km
from Mathura, worth a visit.
Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi
The jail cell in which Lord Krishna is supposed to have been born,
now turned into a temple.
Built by Abd-un Nabir Khan in 1661 AD on the ruins of Keshav Deo temple,
which was destroyed earlier.
The bathing ghat where Lord Krishna had rested after slaying the tyrant
Built in 1814 AD by Seth Gokuldass of Gwalior. it is dedicated to Lord
Not to Overlook - Excursions
Govind Dev Temple
Built in 1590 AD by Raja Man Singh of Jaipur. it is an example of
architectural excellence of mediaeval India. Built in the form of a
Greek Cross, its upper four storeys were destroyed during Emperor
The largest temple of Vrindaban, it was built in 1845 AD. The temple,
partly in Rajput style and partly in south Indian style, precincts
enclose a water tank, a garden and a.50 ft gold-plated flagmast. The
walls enclose an area of 235.6 mt by 134.1 mt.
16 km. The town where infant Krishna was brought up in secrecy and home
of his foster mother. Yashoda Maiya. The most important temple is Gokul
Nathji. Gokul is particularly known for the festivals of Janmashtami.
Annakut and Trinvat Mela, which are celebrated here in a distinct style.
56 km from Mathura. Home of Lord Krishna's foster father. Nand.
Important sites of the town are a temple devoted to Nand or Pan Sarovar.
one of the four celebrated lakes of Braj Bhoomi, where, according to
legend, Lord Krishna used to water his herd.
Location : In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India.
Language : Hindi, English is spoken by the educated people.
Speciality : Birth place of Lord Krishna, has a mythological
significance for Hindu religion.
By Air : The nearest airport is Agra. 60 km.
By Rail : Mathura is an important railway junction with connections to
all parts of the country.
By Road : On NH 2. Mathura is connected to all parts of the country with
good roads. Some road distances to important centers in the region are:
Agra 56 km; Alwar 228 km; Bharatpur 39 km; Deeg 42 km; Delhi 147 km;
Vrindaban 15 km.