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Mathura & Vrindavan Holidays

Mathura & Vrindavan Travel


Mathura is one of the seven most holy places for Hindus in India, reputedly being the birth place of Krishna. One of the Sapta Mahapuris, it was ruled in by the kings of Solar and Lunar dynasties. The Jama Masjid was built by Abo-inNabir-Khan in 1661.A.D. and the mosque has 4 lofty minarets, with bright coloured plaster mosaic of which a few panels currently exist. Vishram Ghat is the place where Lord Krishna is believed to have rested after slaying the tyrant Kansa.

Built in 1814, Dwarkadheesh Temple is the main temple in the town. During the festive days of Holi, Janmashthami and Diwali, it is decorated on a grandiose scale.

North of Mathura on the same bank of Yamuna, is Vrindavan, almost as closely associated with Krishna as Mathura itself. Vrindavan is believed to have been the stage on which Krishna performed his famous romantic and sportive roles. There are hundred of shrines in the town, numerous ghats and several sacred tanks. The most famous as well as the finest temple in Vrindavan is that of Govinda Deva, dating from 1590. It is a large vaulted building of red sandstone.

Built by Raja Man singh of Jaipur in 1590, Govinda Dev Temple is a splendid example of medieval India. Originally seven stories high, it's upper four stories were destroyed during the reign of Aurangzeb. Rang Ji Temple is Vrindavan 's longest temple, and follows the South Indian architectural pattern . The outer wall encompass a water tank, a garden and the actual temple.

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