Mathur is the birth place of Lord Krishna. Which is why the place has many historical and religious sites to visit. You can find lots and lots of stories about lord Krishna at this place. It’s like every part of Mathura has some or other story and history. It is very amazing to visit the places and know the hindu history and culture. Here you can find a lot of paths where Lord Krishna once walked. Also you will have the feeling of getting attached to the place. So, here is the list of 15 places to visit in Mathura.
Among all the visiting places in Mathura this place holds the most significance. This temple in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh is around a prison. This is the same prison you have known from the tales of the birth of lord Krishna. The temple was destroyed many times by many kings. But finally the temple came into existence. You must visit the temple during the time of Janmashtami. This is the main and most famous festival of lord Krishna devotees. The place looks beautiful during this time and you can enjoy the true beauty and essence of Mathura at this time of the year.
Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Temple (ISKCON Vrindavan)
There is barely anyone who doesn’t know about ISKCON temple. The temple is a beautiful , amazing white structure. Also it has a beautiful idol of Lord Balarama who is the elder brother of Lord Krishna. This idol is the main tourist attraction of the place. The temple is mainly famous among the foreign devotees of Lord Krishna. In the evening time you will find a lot of devotees chanting prayers and dancing. Also you will find the environment of the temple very relaxing.
Shree Dwarkadhish Temple
One of the famous places among the places to visit in Mathura, this temple is famous for its architecture. People from all over India come to see the beauty of this temple and the painting on the walls of this temple. Also you can enjoy the beauty of Yamuna river as you can find a lot of ghats near the temple. The surroundings of the temple have very interesting things to explore and visit. The painting and carvings are in Rajasthani architecture which make the temple magnificent.
On the banks of river Yamuna you can find a sacred ghar which is the center of about 25 ghats of Mathura. Also here many pilgrimages do Parikrama with the prayer of fulfillment of their wishes. The tale of the place goes like, after killing the demon Kansa, lord Krishna comes to this place to relax. You will find a huge crowd at this place during the times of Diwali and Bhaidooj. People come to the ghat for the holy dip. You can also go for a boat ride in the ghat.
The earlier name of the museum was the Curzon Museum of Archeology. You can find the museum near Dampier park. The museum has the most interesting and amazing collections of ancient relics, sculptures, paintings and coins. There are a lot of tourist attractions at this place. Also you will find that the museum itself is a great example of architecture. Also here you can enjoy the beauty of a collection of about 6000 sculptures, 25000 coins, 330 metal figures and 1300 other works of art.
This ancient Quila is near the banks of river Yamuna. This Quila belongs to the Kans, the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna. Also you can find Krishna Ganga Ghat near the kila. This huge fort is a great tourist attraction. You can spot a large number of tourists at any time of the year. Being an ancient fort, this Quila will not let you down as an architectural building. This is a great place for architecture lovers and historians. Your tour guide will tell you interesting stories about the Quila and Kansa.
Shri Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple
This beautiful temple belongs to Lord Shiva and is among the places to visit in Mathura. It is also believed to be a Shaktipeeth. People around here narrate that the ring of Goddess Sati fell at this place according to the mythological story. This is the reason why this place is a great tourist attraction. The timing for the followers are from 5AM-1PM and 4.30PM-10.30PM everyday. There are no entry fees so you can easily visit the temple for worship.
Shahi Jama Masjid
The reason for including this royal Jama Masjid in the list of visiting places in Mathura is its history. The masjid has four beautiful Minarets which can leave you mesmerizing. The carvings and the architecture of the place is also very amazing. The Masjid has its foundation from 1661 by Abd-un-Nabi Khan, the governor of then Aurangzeb. You can explore the full view of Masjid in just two hours. So you must visit Jama Masjid.
Shri Raman Bihariji Mandir
The place is among the top places to visit in Mathura. You will find an extremely calming environment here. The Bihari ji Mandir has a lot of tourist attractions. People from all over India come to visit the Temple. Here you will find an extremely beautiful and spell-bounding statue of Radha Krishna. You can not take your eyes off the statue. If you ever plan to visit Mathura this is the must visit place.
Baba Jai Guru Dev Mandir
Another name for the temple is Naam Yog Sadhna Mandir. The temple is run by Jai Guru Dev Ashram. Jai Guru dev is the guruji who runs many charitable organizations and ashrams. The temple also hosts bhandara every year for all. No one charges anything for entering the temple. The temple is beautiful and calming. You can find amazing architecture. The temple is divided into different sections depicting different stories. The temple resembles a lot to Taj Mahal.
Giriraj ji Temple
Giriraj ji is the natural form of Shree Krishna. It has its origin from the tale when lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Parvat on his finger. The temple is in the center of the hill. Devotees walk around the hill which is approximately 21 kms. People have faith that God will listen to their prayers if they do the Parikrama. The main Govardhan Parvat is not visible due to the urbanization in the area. Due to this mythological tale the place has a lot of tourist attractions.
Shri Nand Yashoda Bhawan
Shri Nand Yashoda Bhawan is the house of Shree Krishna’s foster father and mother. It is the place where lord Krishna spent his childhood. The Bhawan is famous for its architecture. There are 84 steps in the mandir representing 84000 species of life in the material world. Also the temple rests on 84 pillars which is why it is famous as Chaurasi Khamba Temple. You can witness the beautiful paintings depicting the life of lord krishna and exquisite carvings on the pillars.
Do you know about the story when lord Krishna shows the entire universe “the Brahmaand” in his mouth to Yashoda Maiya? Well this is that place. Exactly here the story took place. The place holds a special place among the followers of lord Krishna. Here you will find one stone which narrates all the story and the origin of Brahmaand ghat. Also here you will find the bank of river Yamuna where you can sit and enjoy some time. You can also go boating after hiring the boat.
Chaurasi Digamber Jain Temple
This is the temple of Tirthankar Ajitnathji and other great ideals of Atishay value. The biggest sitting statue of Shri Mahaveerji is the greatest attraction of the tourist at this place. The place is most famous among the Jain people but anyone can visit the temple. Also the temple has a beautiful garden to sit and spend your time with yourself and family. You will feel calm and peaceful after visiting this place.
Almost every Indian knows the beauty of Birla Mandir. Infect, I would say not only Indians but outside India people know if they visit India they have to go to Birla Mandir. Birla mandir is also famous by the name of Gita Mandir. It is among the must visit places in Mathura. The temple belongs to Lord Lakshmi Naryan. Also you can find amazing architecture that is just magnificent. You can also find amazing carvings on the walls of the temple.
Here is the end of the list. But there are many more places to explore. October to March is the best time to visit Mathura. You will experience the amazing weather and calming environment. If you want to visit a place which can calm your body, relax your mind, and refresh your soul then you must visit Mathura. The most important time to visit Mathura is at the time of Janmashtami which is the birthday of Lord Krishna. So, plan now and visit the amazing places.