North west of the Mathura-district is Hariyana,s Gurgaon-districts north east is the Aligada-district, in the east is Etawa, in the south is Agra and in the west is Rajasthan's Bharatpur districts. The size of the Mathura-district is 1,455 square miles. It is very hot here in the summer and very cold in the winter. The annual amount of rain is very small, about 25.3 inch. And because there are no mountains and forests here rain water mostly flows away. There are many different openion about the source of the name of Mahtura.
The Apperance of shree Mathura
During the reign of the madhu demon Sri Mathura was named after him. The Madhu daman was pleased sri Mahadev with his worship and thus attained a prudent from him Sri Mahadev said no one on the earth can kill the person who holds this spear!" The madhu daman gave the spear to his son lavanasura, who immediately used it to commite all kinds of heinous actor cities. In order to protect the people from these actor cities Sri Ram chandras younger brother satrugan went here with the great sage Bhargava. Bhargava muni made it known that "whenever lavnasura goes out hunting he leaves his spear in the sri Shiva temple, so you should seize that opportunity and kill him then! Following ths advise Shatrugan killed him in a great battle and established the city of surasena at this place. This town of Surasena is now named as Sri Mathura
1) Mahanta ghat 2) Sri Rampila Ghata 3) Kalidaha Ghata 4) Gopala Ghata 5) Nabha Ghata 6) Praskandana Ghata 7) Surya Ghata 8) Kadhiya Ghata 9) Yugala Ghata 10) Dushara Ghata 11) Gaya Ghata 12) Sri Jiva Ghata 13) Sri Vihari Ghata 14) dahrapara Ghata 15) Nagari Ghata 16) Bhima Ghata 17) Andhera Ghata 18) Tehari Ghata 19) Imlitala Ghata 20) Vardhamana Ghata 21) Bariya Ghata 22) Srngara Ghata 23) Gangamohana Ghata 24) Govinda Ghata 25) Himmata Ghata 26) Cira Ghata 27) Hanuman Ghata 28) Bhramara Ghata 29) Kishori Ghata 30) Panda Ghata 31) Kc Ghata 32) Varaha Ghata 33) Dhirasamira Ghata 34) Radhabaga Ghata 35) Pani Ghata 36) Adi-badri Ghata 37) Raja Ghata 38) Ranapati Ghata 39) Kodiya Ghata 40) Sri Jagannatha Ghata 41) Ramabag Ghata 42) Prataparudra Ghata
For most people the mention of Maa Vaishno Devi conjures images of queues of people clambering up innumerable steps for darshan in the foot hills above Jammu to the famed shrine of the goddess Vaishno Devi. It is a pilgrimage which lakhs of Hindus swear by. Now a devotee is recreating the Magic of Maa darshan in the land of another popular diety in Lord Krishnas playground, Vrindavan in Mathura (UP).
Prem Mandir is a unique Divine monument in Vrindavan India which will represent the true history and the religion of India, relate its eternal Divine aspect and display 1,008 Braj leela songs of Radha Krishn as revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.On the walls of this double story 122 x 195 ft. temple the true theme of our scriptures and the essence of the leelas of the Bhagwatam will be depicted in an exquisite manner in intricately carved marble panels.
Akshay Patra Uttar Pradesh was the second state in India to which Akshaya Patra expanded its operations. We began in August 2003 in the holy city of Vrindavan, Mathura district. An exclusive kitchen facility has been created in an architectural geodesic marvel. In keeping with the regional preferences of the children in the area, a roti machine which makes 40,000 rotis per hour, with sprinklers to distribute oil evenly to each roti was installed. The decentralized kitchen model is also in place in 88 villages of Mathura District, currently creating employment for hundreds of women in the area.
This large temple, which is facing Asikunda- Ghata, was constructed in 1814-15 and the service is rendered by the Kankaroli Pusti-margiya Gosvams. From the time of foundation the trustee-ship is excellent. The temple is 180 fot long and 120 foot wide and it made of stone. Outside of the gate there are many stationery and other shopsand inside the temple there are many firm pillars that hold a large altar. The pinnacle of the temple is made of gold. On the altar there are many colourful works of art and there alsoceiling-painting. There are many beautiful abd attractive four-armed Syama-forms of Sri Dwarikanath ji there that have the club and other items in their four hands and on whose left side Srimati Rukmni-devi is residing. Eight times a day there is a jhankiya darsana of Sri Dwarkanaath ji. It occurs four times in the morning – Mangala, sringara, Thakura Darshan and Rajbhoga. In the afternoon there is Utthapana, Bhoga, Sandhya aarti and Sayana. There is different in the winter and summer schedule for jhankiya darshan. The jhanki of Mangla Aarti is at 6:30 and the Sayana is at 7:00 in the summer and at 6:30 in the winter. The prasada is prepared in the own temple, food from outside of the temple is not being offered. There are great and ecstatic festivals here in the month of Sravana for Jhulan and in the month of Bhadra for Janmastami.
On the east of Madan Mohan Mandira is the Sri Banke Bihari Mandira. Sri Haridasa swami was a carefree renounced Vaisnava. Being pleased with his bhajan Sri Banke Bihari Mandira manifested himself in Nidhuvan. Thedeity always attentively listened to the bhajans and kirtansof Sri Haridasa swami. Darsana of the deities in the morning from 9 to 12 and in the afternoon from 6 to 9. On special days this schedules is not followed, and on the 3rd day of the light lunar quarter of the month of vaisakha (April May) the lotus feet of the deity are visible to every one. No bhoga is offered to the deity from out side'. The bhoga is prepaired inside the temple. The deity responds to the pitiul calls of his devoties and comes out side. Once a devote gave up his life while seeing the diety eyes, and for his reasons the deity is know only visible for short moments. Every one are two minuts the curtains before the deity dash room open and close.
In the north of Sri Nikunjavana is Nidhuvana. It is situated close to the Radha Ramana Temple and the Sahaji Mandira. In the forest there is Visakha- kunda. The guru of the famous Indian singer Tanasena, Sri Hardasa Svami, performed his bhajan in the place. During his singing he revealed the diety of Sri Banke Bihari from this Nidhuvan. From this place also his Samadhi can be seen. It is said that Sri Syamananda Prabhu found an anklebell of Sri Vrsabhanu-nandini here while sweeping the ground. There is now a stone monument on this place which is always being worshipped and next to that is Syamananda Prabhu's Samadhi
This is situated in the north-eastern corner of Sri Gopalavana. In this kunja Sri Radha-krishna take rest every night. On the side of this kunja is the Annapurna devi Mandira and on the east is the temple of Sri Paurnamasi-devi. On the west is the temple of Sri Sitanatha. The descendents of Sri Advaita are continuning the diety- service of Sri Sitanatha and Madan Gopal here. Sri Lalita kunda and the Tamala tree are wonderful things to behold. Inside the kunja are Kadamba, Tamala and Syama-trees entwined by different vines. In one of the tamila-trees in the kunja innumerable silas can be seen. In the middle of the bushes a wonderful deity of Srimati Radharani can be seen
Vrindavans longest temple, it was constructed in 1851 by Seth Govind Das ji & Seth Laxmi Chand Ji. All were disciples of Acharyavarya Rangdeshie Swami where as the main gate is in Rajput style, The temple follows South Indian architectural pattern. The outer wall measure 773 ft. and encompass a water tank, a garden and the actual temple. The Dhweja Stambha, 50 ft. tall , is believed to be gold plated.
The old sri Govinda Mandir is situated opposite of the Sri Rangaji Mandira.In the temple presides the deity of Sri Govinda Devaji. It said that the temple was originally seven stories high and that was a Ghi-lamp shinng on the top of the dome, which could be seen even in Delhi. When the emperor of Delhi, Aurangzeb, saw this light he ordered his troops to destroy many of the Hindu-temples in Sri Vraja-mandala. This fact can be proven through the present state of the Govindaji Mandir and can still be seen today.
One of these Temple is sictuated in Sri Vrindavanas bhuta gali this place is almost half way between sri Mathura and sri Vrindavana. The temple is huge, heaving nine stories. With in the temple are Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Ram Seeta and images of many other god and goddess. there is a wonderful sri Radha Krishna deity in this temple where an unbroken shri hari namah maha yajna going on.....
Here Krishna Here Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare hare
Here Rama Here Rama Rama Rama Hare hare
In the south-eastern corner of the new Sri itanatha- temple is the temple of sri Radha Vallabha. Uut of mercy on Sripada Harivamsa Gosvami this deity manifested itself in Nidhuvana. At the time of Jhular (in july) this temple is decorated in an amazing way
Nadgaon lies 8.5 km north of Barsana on the metalled road to Mathura (56 km). According to tradition, it was the home of Shri Krishna s foster father, Nand. On the top of the hill is the spacious temple of Nand Rai, built by the Jat ruler Roop Singh. The other temples here are dedicated to Narsingha, Gophinath, Nritya Gopal, Girdhari, Nand Nandan and Yashoda Nandan which is located half way up the hill. A little beyond is the Pan Sarovar, a large lake with masonry ghats along its sides. Legend has it, that this was the place where Shri Krishna used to take his cows for water. Not far away is the Kadamb grove called Udhoji ki Kyari.
Sri Barsana grama is situated 21 km. From Govardhan and twokm. South east of uncagrama. This village is named after Maharaja Vrsabhanu. In the middle of the village is a high mountain above which Srimati Radharani's temple shrine beautifully. This mountainis named Sri Brahmagiri. In the village there are Sri Priya kunda, sri Bhanukunda, the temple of Sri jayapura's king. Sri Gahvara vana; Sri vilasa gada, sri mayor kuti, dana gada, Managada, Sri puri pukara, Sri Caturmukha Bhramaji temple, and in the north of the village a temple of Sri Kirtida Mata, Sri Vrsabhanu Maharaja,Sridana and the eight sakhi. In the west of the village is Muktakunda.
In Braj-dhama sri Nand Maharaja and al the people of vraja used to worship indra for rain'. They did not understand that Sri Giriraja Maharaj is more glorious then indra, therefore Sri Krishna decded to put an end to this worship of Indra and to order worship of sri Giriraja. When king indra understood that his worship has been stopped he become furious and began to shower powerfull torrents of rains everyone then took shelter of sri Krishna to find protection against the rain. So sri Krisna, who was only seven year old, lifted the Goverdhana hills, which was 64 miles longs, 40 miles broad and 16 miles high. And said, "all of you fearlessly come under the hills !" Everyone went under the hills, Indra showered the hill profusely for seven days, but when he so that he was not inflicting any harm to anyone despite it all he went and prayed for forgiveness to Sri Krishnas lotus feet. After that Sri Krishna placed the mountain back wear it belonged, and from that day on the Goverdhan worship was commenced.
The village of Nandgrama is situated two miles south east of Gidoha and four km. East of laharabadi when Sri Nand maharaja was staying in mahavana (Gokul) kansa sent many demons there to kills Sri Krishna, but none fo them were able to hurt him. Out of great parental love Sri Nanda Maharaja became afraid and brought Sri Krishna here from mahavana, for his own safety. Because Sri Nand maharaja lives here this place is called Sri Nandagrama. Half a km. From Sri Nandagrama is Uddhava Keyari, at one and a half km. Distance is purnamasi Ma's temple and Mayura Kuti and Carana pahadi are half a km away. This carana pahadi is situated on the side of the road to Kamyavana.
This temple is on the road between Mathura and Vrindavan and is established by Birla. In the temple are very attractive deities of Lord Krishna, Sri Rama-sita and Sri Lakshmi-arayana and on one pillar the entire Bhagavad Gita is written. There are different other deities to be seen here also.
Sri Mahavana is situated on the eastern bank of the Yamuna, in the north western corner of Cintaharana Ghata. This eighth forest is situated eight and a half miles from Sri Mathura. Sri Krishna Bhagvana performed many pastimes here in his childhood, therefore a person who goes here will be worshipped in Indraloka.
After Krishna killed Vatsasura, who was a demon and who took the form of a calf, His friends told Him He had to go bathe in the Ganges for purification. Not wanting to travel all the way to the Ganges, Krishna by His meditation brought the Ganges to this place. Once Nanda and Yasoda, hearing of the glories of the Ganges River, had a desire to bathe in it. The residents of Braja did not want to leave Vrindavana, though Krishna was willing to take them there despite the great distance. They wishfully said, I wish mother Ganga would come here. To fulfill the desires of His devotees, Krishna entered into meditation and from His mind sprung the kunda known as Manasi Ganga. Krishna told His father that it was not necessary to go to the Ganges, as it was already present in Braja. Krishna then brought His father to Manasi Ganga and they took bath there. It is also said that Radharani and Krishna would go boating on this lake.
On the earth Mathura is blessed here it was that Lord Sri Krishna advented himself from the Goloka-planet. Although this occurred in the Dvapara Yoga the place is still visible now. As one goes to the temple one feels more and more love and peace love and within the heart.
Within thr Sri Krishna Janmabhumi is a large Srimad-Bhagavata –abode. Within this temple are temples deities can be seen of seen of Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Rama- Laxman, Sitadevi, Sri Jagannatha-devaji and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Here one also see the prison in which kansa held mother Devki in captivity. Next to thetemple are small temples of Sri Hanumanji, Sri Hanumanji, Sri Siva-linga, Mother Durga and others. On the day of Sri Krishna janmashtmi there is a great festival here.
The most celebrated of Shri Krishna s abode, Gokul lies across the Yamuna, 1.6 km from Mahavan and 10 km south-east of Mathura. It was here that Lord Krishna was brought up in secrecy by Vasudeva, in the pastoral beauty of this village on the banks of the Yamuna. Gokul attained importance during the time of Vallabhacharya (1479-1531) when it became a major centre of the Bhakti cult. The three oldest temples in the place are those dedicated to Gokulnath, Madan Mohan and Vitthalnath, said to have been built around 1511. The other temples include those of Dwarika Nath and Balkrishna in the shrines which were built in the honour of Lord Mahadeo in 1602 by Raja Vijai Singh of Jodhpur
While staying in Chatikara it is said that Krishna and Balarama would come with the cowherd boys to Raman Reti daily to play. It is also said that Krishna and Radharani would meet here every night, before going to Vrindavana to enjoy Their pastimes. This area is located a few km from the main downtown area. The Krishna Balarama Temple is located in Raman Reti. There are two trees, about a six minute walk from the ISKCON temple, on the parikrama path. These two interwined trees are white and black. The black tree is said to represent Krishna and the white tree, Balarama. They are known as the Krishna-Balarama tree