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Mathura Ghats:

Mathura is famous for having a total of 25 scared Ghats attracting a large number of tourists and pilgrims. According to Hindu beliefs, no visit to Mathura is complete without setting foot on all the 25 scared Ghats of the city. Divided into two sections, the Ghats in the northern part of the city are known as Vishram Ghats while those in the Southern part are called Moksha Ghats. Devotees visit the Ghats to take a holy dip in the Yamuna River considered to be a cared river associated with Lord Krishna.

 

Vishram Ghat:

Vishram Ghat located in the northern region of Mathura city is one of the most significant Ghats attracting a large number of pilgrims. Built in marble stone, the Vishram Ghat is one of the biggest Ghats of Mathura. Surrounded by a host of small and big temples and shrines, Vishram Ghat is famous for the evening prayers or aarti conducted each day dedicated to Goddess Yamuna.

 

Dwarikadheesh Temple:

Dwarikadheesh Temple is one of the oldest and most popular shrines of Mathura city. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Dwarikadheesh Temple is believed to have been built by Gokuldas Parikh in 1814. Known for its splendid architecture and magnificence carvings, the Dwarikadheesh Temple attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims from all over the globe. The festival of Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the Dwarikadheesh Temple.

 

Gita Mandir:

Gita temple dedicated to the Philosophy of the Bhagvad Gita is one of the most famous temples of Mathura. Built by the Birla Group, the Gita Temple also known as the Gita Mandir is famous for inscriptions of the Bhagvad Gita on its walls. The temple has idols of Lord Krishna and his various manifestations attracting a large number of devotees. Janamashtami and Holi are celebrated with great enthusiasm in the Gita Temple.

 

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple:

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the oldest religious shrines of Mathura. Built in an area of around 100 square meters, the Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple holds a great religious significance. Believed to have been the location where Lord Shiva resided during his stay in Mathura, the Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple attracts a large influx of pilgrims and devotees all through the year. The festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated in the temple with great enthusiasm.

 

Jama Masjid:

Jama Masjid built in 1661 is one of the ancient mosques in Mathura city. Built during the Mughal Empire, Jama Masjid offers a perfect blend of Muslim and Arabic architecture with its trademark minarets and plaster mosaic. Believed to have been built by Abo-in-Nabir-Khan, governor of the King Aurangzeb, Jama Masjid attracts pilgrims and architecture enthusiasts alike.

 

Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex:

Krishnajanmabhoomi Temple is one of the most well known shrines of Mathura city attracting a large number of both domestic and international travelers. Built over a prison believed to be the birth place of Lord Krishna, the Krishnajanmabhoomi Temple complex attracts pilgrims from all over the globe to offer their prayers and worship at the holy shrine. A mosque is built right next to the Krishnajanmabhoomi Temple complex making it one of the most significant and historic landmarks of Mathura.

 

Mathura Museum:

Mathura Museum also commonly known as the Government Museum is one of the best known landmarks of Mathura. Mathura Museum is famous for housing several rare artifacts and handicrafts of the ancient Gupta and Kushan Empires. The museum is the only place to have a dedicated section preserving the rare paintings of the Mathura School of Sculptures. The museum houses a headless stature of Kanishka amid many rare idols, mural paintings and crafts. The Mathura Museum attracts tourists, art lovers and history enthusiasts alike.

 

Kusum Sarovar:

Kusum Sarovar is an ancient pond believed to be the location where Goddess Radha used to collect flowers along with her friends for Lord Krishna. The 60 feet deep water tank in the Kusum Sarovar is home to a wide range of flora. A Kadamb tree is located near the Kusum Sarovar beloved to be the favorite tree of the Lord. Evening prayers are conducted at the Kusum Sarovar attracting a large number of pilgrims and travelers.

 

Govardhan Hill:

Located on top of a sandstone hill, Govardhan Hill is one of the most significant landmarks of Mathura city. Believed to have been the same hill that Lord Krishna upheld continuously for seven days to protect the city from flash floods and heavy rains, the Govardhan Hill holds a great significance for the pilgrims and devotees.

 

Kans Qila:  

Kans Qila belived to have been the Fortress of King Kans is an ancient landmark of Mathura city. Located near the Krishna Ganga Ghat, the Kans Qila has been renovated a few times in the timeline of historical traces. Believed to be a savior of the people during the flooding season, Kans Qila remains a popular tourist attraction.