Mathura has great religious significance. As per Hindu mythology it is the birth place of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Nestled on the banks of Yamuna River, the place has been religious abode for umpteen numbers of tourists who throng this place to witness the divine beauty of Lord and seek His blessings.
This is the famous tourist destination that takes the tourists far away from the materialistic world to the world of faith and devotion. This place is haven for religious lovers as it houses number of temples and places that showcases various facts of Lord Krishna’s life.
Shri Krishma Janna Bhoomi, Gita Mandir, Vishram Ghat, Dwarkhadeesh temple are the most favored places of tourist interest. Also there is Government museum that houses rare collection of artifacts and items.
The main attraction being, Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, which is the prison cell where Lord Krishna was born. This cell was turned to beautiful temple which has become most famous pilgrim spot.
The city witnesses vibrant festivities and cultural activities that are dedicated to Lord Krishna. In fact the city is bathed with religious prayers, festivals and fairs all through the year. However there are several celebrations like Holi, Diwali, Janmashtami, Rath Yatra and several fairs that form the attraction of the city. For Janmashtami the place gets sparked up more than a month before with decorations and arrangements. In fact the city witnesses heightened activities during the major festivities dedicated to Lord Krishna.
Mathura offers spiritual shopping experience. Though the city does not have swanky malls but it does have some famous shops and shopping centers that sell sweets, Krishna pictures, milk based products, silver ornaments and handicrafts are the main things of shopping spree. The main shopping areas are close to Dwarkadeesh Temple.
Mathura tickles the taste buds of very foodie. Stand out of the town’s cuisine are sweets and milk products. One cannot afford to miss the famous taste of Peda, a form of sweet dish made from the condensed milk. On my visit to Mathura two things that really bowled me over were of course the temple of Lord Krishna and the famous street foods like Pani Puri, Samosa, Dhokla and Lassi.
Here the climate is extreme with burning summers and bone breaking winters. People believe in leading simple life. Mathura was also once a Buddhist centre with 20 monasteries that had housed 3000 monks but after rise of Hinduism only the remains of Buddhist era is left behind which are displayed in the Archaeological museum.
The most famous sight to be witnessed here at Mathura is the evening aarti ceremony where the Yamuna Rivers gets lit up and sparkled up with hundreds of candles that are floated onto the river.
Mathura has divinity and spiritual spirit in its aura thus bringing every person closer to the Almighty. In Mathura one forgets every tension of life as one gets into solace in the arms of Lord Krishna and rejuvenates the mind and soul.