A long line of picturesque ghats - with their steps leading to the water's
edge, arched gateways and temple spires extending along the right bank of
the River Yamuna, emphasis the sacred character of the town of Mathura.
Today, Mathura is a city of temples and shrines bustle with the thousands
of devotees who come to visit the city of Lord Krishna. A splendid temple at
the Katra Keshav Dev marks the spot that is believed to be the Shri Krishna
Janmasthan - the birthplace of the Lord, by his devotees. Another beautiful
shrine, the Gita Mandir, located on the Mathura -Vrindavan Road has a fine
image of Shri Krishna in its sanctum. The whole of the Bhagwad Gita is
inscribed on the walls of this temple.
The Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi (birth place of Lord Krishna) is the main
attraction of Mathura and an important pilgrim place of the Hindus. A stone
slab marks the original spot of the birth of Lord Krishna in the Kesava Deo
temple where Lord Krishna was born.
Mathura is not just a land of temples. It is also a great center
of Buddhism. In the museum of Mathura stands a powerful, impressive
Bodhisttava, which belongs to the Kushana period.
It is named after the "Goverdhan Hillock" which
according to legend Lord Krishna had lifted up the hill on one finger to
protect the local people from the wrath of the rain God Indra.
Manasi Ganga Kunda:
Manasi Ganga Kunda is traditionally the starting
and the end point of the circumambulation of Govardhana Hill. This kunda is
considered more potent than the Ganges River, because by bathing in the
Ganges River one gets liberation and by bathing here one achieves "Krishna
prema," love of Krishna.