There are other places that trace the mystical incidents of Krishna's
life. These are Gokul, 16 km from Mathura, is the place where Krishna
grew up. The most notable structure in Gokul is the Chaurasi Khamba (84
pillars). It is also known as Nand Maharaja's house. Brahmand Ghat,
Govardhan, Krishna is credited to have held aloft this hill as a canopy.
Barsana represents the four faces of Brahma the Creator. Each hilltop is
associated with some incident from Krishna's life.
Just 15 km from Mathura, is another major place of pilgrimage. It is
noted for its numerous temples - both old and modern. Vrindavan is
believed to have been the stage on which Krishna performed his famous
romantic and sportive roles.
Vrindavan- an Overview:
There are about 4,000 big and small temples in the city of Vrindavan,
apart from the numerous bathing ghats used by Hindus for ritual bathing.
The Madan Mohan Temple stands on a high cliff near the Kalia Mardan
Ghat. Another important temple is that of Radha Ballabh built by Sundar
Das in 1626. The Govind Dev Temple is one of the most impressive
temples. The towering Rangaji Temple is a bizarre mixture of
architectural styles. Apart from the above-mentioned temples, Vrindavan
also has some modern temples. The towering temple of Pagal Baba, is
worth a mention. One of the most impressive of temples is another new
construction, the ISKCON Temple.
Schedule your visit:
A period of two days will suffice to visit the birthplace of Lord
Krishna. While planning your trip, try and schedule it around
Janmashtami in July or August to experience the festive frolic.
Hinduism celebrates Krishna's birthday as Janmashtami in July/August.
For Mathura, Janmashtami is the biggest festival held on a grand scale.
Plays based on the life of Krishna are staged. Devotional songs blare
from loudspeakers. Brajyatra, which commences a day after Janmashtami
and lasts for 50 days, deserves special mention.
The climate of Mathura is extreme and tropical. Summers are extremely
hot and winters are cold and foggy. It experiences southwestern monsoon
rains from July to September. The best time to visit Mathura is during
winter, between the months of October and March.
» By Air
- The nearest airport is at Kheria in Agra, 62 km
» By Rail
- There are a number of tourist coaches from Delhi
leaving for Mathura and Vrindavan everyday. Mathura is 57 km from Agra
and 141 km from Delhi. It is an important railway junction with direct
trains to many places. The Taj Express from Delhi is a good option.
» By Road
- Mathura is well connected by road to Delhi and
other cities of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana.