India, a vast country is a land of religion and people of almost every religion live in here and it has more than a hundred of pilgrimage sites. Hinduism being a major part of the country is around eighty percent of all the religions. A major city for people following Hinduism is Mathura.
HISTORY AND CULTURE ASSOCIATED WITH MATHURA
A city in Uttar Pradesh, Mathura has a rich history associated with it which dates back to around 1100 to 500 BCE. Mathura was the birthplace of Lord Krishna; it is one of the oldest cities mentioned in the Ramayana. A survey conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India showed that the city was a part of Grey Ware and Northern Black polished ware culture. In the 6th century, the city was the capital of Surasena Kingdom which was later ruled by the Maurya Empire. The city then witnessed many more rulers. The city was then attacked by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1018 CE and destroyed the temples in the city. Then Sikandar Lodhi did the same who ruled Delhi from 1489 to 1517 CE. Then the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb built the Shahi-Eidgah Mosque during his rule, which is adjacent to Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi which is adjacent to a Hindu temple.
Why You Should Choose Mathura As Your Travel Destination
Mathura being a city surrounded with temples has a deep historical significance. The place is definitely a must visit for Krishna devotees and for people who like visiting temples and to get a glimpse of the Indian Mythology and its events.
The famous things of the place are the Keshav Dev Temple, Dwarkadheesh temple, Vishram Ghat, Krishna Balaram Mandir, Kusum Sarovar, Govardhan. Mathura is a city surrounded by temples so there are many more temples that you can visit.
SUGGESTED THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD DO
If you’re short on days and want to get the best experience of Mathura then these are some of the things that you must do to make the best out of your holiday
- Lathmaar Holi is the best experience you can try if you planned for a weekend getaway. This is celebrated in the month of March and it is a unique experience that you cannot afford to miss.
- Govardhan Hill is the next big thing that you must visit. The hill is made up of sandstone and stands 80 feet tall with a circumference around 38 kilometers. History says that Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill during his childhood on one finger to save his village of Mathura from fierce rains and thunderstorm.
- Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura is the next thing you must pay a visit and is said to be one of the holiest temples of all in Mathura. It has an array of beautiful ceiling paintings showcasing various aspects of the Lords’ life and the beautiful Rajasthani architectural designs and carving which makes the complex look even more magnanimous and stunning.