MATHURA — THE LAND OF KRISHNA’S BIRTH
Mathura is celebrated as Krishna Janmabhumi, the land of Krishna’s birth. Mathura became the capital city of all the kings of the Yadus, the dynasty in which Krishna appeared. For millenia, it thrived as an important center of learning, trade and culture.Lord Chaitanya arrived in Mathura in 1512. Finding that many places of Krishna’s pastimes were now obscure, He spent two months locating and identifying them. Present day Mathura is thus the gift of Lord Chaitanya.Traditionally Braja Mandala Parikrama starts from Mathura. Pilgrims first bathe in the river Yamuna near Vishram Ghat and take a vow (sankalpa) to complete the full parikrama of Vraja.
Vishrama means ‘to rest’ and ghata refers to the steps that lead down to a sacred river. Krishna rested on the banks of the Yamuna at Vishram Ghat after killing King Kamsa, the evil ruler of Mathura.
SRI KRISHNA JANMASTHAN
The prison where Krishna appeared as the son of Vasudeva and Devaki.
MAHAVAN - NANDA BHAVAN
Nanda Bhavan (Chaurasi Khamba) - The house of Nanda Maharaja, Krishna’s father. Built by the celestial architect Vishvakarma, it is one of the three palaces of Nanda Maharaja.
PUTANA UDDHARANA STHALA
The place where Putana, the witch who appeared as a beautiful woman to kill baby Krishna, was liberated.
Mother Yashoda tied naughty Krishna to a grinding mortar and the Lord became famous as Damodara. This Damodara-lila happened at Ukhal Bandhan.
The place where Lord Krishna showed the entire universe inside his mouth to mother Yashoda.