HISTORICAL & RELIGIOUS PLACES
Mathura has a rich cultural heritage that is manifested by its popular landmarks preserved through hundreds of years. Some of the popular and historically and religiously significant places in Mathura are:
- Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple – A holy temple that marks the birth spot of Lord Krishna; Mathura’s most popular temple.
- Kusum Sarovar – an ancient tank of length 450 feet and a depth of almost 60 feet, surrounded by Kadamba trees and cenotaphs (also houses some tombs of earlier rulers here); and is believed to have been the place where Krishna’s beloved, Radha, used to collect Kadamba flowers from!
- Dwarkadhish temple – Another temple dedicated to Lord Krishna.
- Vishram Ghat – The most scared Ghat in Mathura (Ghat means a set of steps leading down to a river); It is believed that Lord Krishna rested here after killing demon Kansa, his uncle.
- Jama Masjid – Mathura not only has Hindu temples, but also has some historic and quaint mosques. This is one such popular mosque in the city, located at about 1 km away from Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple.
- Kans Qila – An ancient fort, believed to have been previously owned by and named after Kans, Lord Krishna’s tyrannical uncle.
- Prem Mandir – Yet another temple dedicated to Lord Krishna; name translates to “temple of love”.
- Gita Mandir – a temple with idols of Lord Krishna, and verses from Bhagvad Gita inscribed on it.
- Krishna Balram Mandir – a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his elder brother, Lord Balram.
- Kokilavan – a popular temple, dedicated to Lord Shani.