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Mathura and Vrindavan

Target Tours India Pvt Ltd.Mathura, a little town on the River Yamuna is reputed to be the birth place of Lord Krishna. The city of Mathura is located at a distance of 145 km south-east of Delhi and 58 km north-west of Agra. The city has for long attracted Krishna devotees from across the world. Even the casual visitor finds the temples and monuments set in idyllic environs refreshing to core.

The first thing to see in Mathura is Sri Krishna Janma Bhoomi, there are two places to visit in this complex. On the left side of the main complex is a prison cell where parents of Sri Krishna were held captive and this is the cell where Sri Krishna was born.

Vrindavan, just 15 km from Mathura, is another major place of pilgrimage. It is noted for its numerous temples - both old and modern. The name Vrindavan evokes the playfulness and lovable characteristics of Shri Krishna. This is basically a forest where he frolicked with the gopis and tenderly wooed Radha. Vrindavan is the land of kadamb groves, where Krishna courted his beloved Radha and played pranks on the gopis or milkmaids, a land immortalised by stories of Krishna’s love games.

Despite the decay that has set in, the town comes alive with major festivals like Janamashtami, Holi and Radhashtami. It is estimated that half a million pilgrims visit the town every year, mostly during the festivals.



 

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