Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mathura , Vrindavan- Uttar Pradesh

Mathura and Brindavan are two ancient towns  related to life of Lord Krishna . Mathura is the birth place and Brindavan is the place where Krishna spent his early childhood .

Mathura has many small shrines dedicated to Krishna and there is also a cell (Krishna Janma Bhoomi) where he was born . This temple draws thousands of devotees everyday and security arrangements are very tight here and frisking is done twice before pilgrims are allowed inside. The Mathura temple and a mosque share a common wall here. No cameras are allowed near the temple and I do not have any picture to share of Krishna Janma Bhoomi.

 Banke Bihari is the  most popular temple in Brindavan; built in 1921. This temple is situated in a crowded narrow  by- lane and one has  to really wade through a sea of people , cattle, vehicles and what not.

The Krishna is  known here  as Banke Bihari ; the idol is bent at 3 places i.e it is  in a dance posture.  The beauty of the idol here is, it has  large expressive eyes which are believed to be powerful and magnetic. It is believed that looking at his eyes for a long time will make one swoon hence curtains are drawn and opened  every few seconds. Monkeys are plenty here and one has to be careful about their belongings, specifically their spectacles and locals keep reminding visitors about the same.

Our  guide took us to Nanda -Yasodha's house,  situated near river Yamuna and we also saw the sacred tree where Krishna used to play his flute mesmerizing all Brajvasis .  Nidhi Van, is yet another holy place where there are lush green groves which was once a Tulsi Van. It is believed that every night Radha and  Krishna visit this place to play Ras.

 Mathura- Brindavan echoes only Krishna's name. It makes one feel Krishna is right among us.They greet each other in Krishna's name..'Radhe, Radhe"  Every heart here beats only Radhe..Radhe Every activity here is dedicated to Lord Krishna here. Some thing different and great.

Mathura is situated at a distance of 160 Kms. from Delhi. The distance between Brindavan and Mathura is only 15 Kms.
Mathura can be easily approached by road or rail from Delhi. 

Banke Bihari temple

Radhe Radhe

Nidhi Van

Nidhi Van

Nanda's house ,a shrine now.

The tree where Krishna  used to play his flute


SG said...

Thanks for the nice narration and the beautiful photos. I visited Mathura when I was a small boy. Hope to go again.

Arti said...

Your posts are wanting me to pack my bags and leave for Mathura right now. The entire place is simply so full of magic.

Bikram said...

hmm I would love to visit tooo .. lovely pics for sure ..


R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post. Been to Mathura, but yet to visit Vrindavan.

KParthasarathi said...

A crisp narration and beautiful pictures.I missed seeing Yashoda Nandas house and the sacred tree.I wish I had known about them.I have always noticed that you never miss knowing the salient features and the important spots.

Felicity Grace Terry said...

As always its been a pleasure to make this journey with you. Thank you for yet another interesting post.

Martina said...

WOW, so beautiful Chitra1 Love the Hanuman wall painting!

chitra said...

Thanks a lot Tracy.

Ankita said...

I visited these places around a decade back, would love to visit again! lovely pics and nice post :)

Sridharan said...

Super.. Brings back the memories of my visit.. a hurried one though about 15 years back..!

Insignia said...

Wow! I want to visit these places too Chitra a'am. Hopefully some day. Travel to North India has been a must do.