As kid I was very much fond of the mythological series on Television. Sunday mornings were long awaited for Mahabharat and Shri Krishna. The image of charriot with Krishna and Arjuna on the entrance of the Krishna Janma Bhoomi temple in Mathura, refreshed my memory of those TV series.
Mathura is well known as Krishna Janma Bhoomi. Krishna was born to Vasudeva and Devaki. Kamsa, Devaki's brother gets aakashwani(divine voice from the heaven), predicting his death from Devaki's child. He imprisons the couple in Mathura, then capital of Yadavas. Vasudeva secretly takes the new-born Krishna to Yashoda and Nanda in Gokul. Nanda a cow-herder settles in Vridavan and so does Krishna spend his childhood and youth in Vrindavan, which is around 15kms from Mathura.
Coming back to the present day, temple and the near by place is full of sadhus'(hindu saints) in saffron. Temple has high security, you need to deposite your baggage and moblies separately at the cloak counters, then undergo a series of security checks to reach the temple. As you enter the temple premises, there is a dragon shaped pass by, where there are models(moving) depicting lord Krishna's life. Then is the Janma Bhoomi Temple, its so said that this is the exact place where the prison(where Krishna was born) stood. Next is the Jhanki(moving models) room, depicting Lord Krishna and Rama's life. There are other small shrines dedicated to hindu god and goddess. And whole temple premises has shops selling photographs, idols of Lord Krishna and other pooja items.
After visiting the temple, you can quench your thirst with a glass of chilled Badam milk at the Brijwasi Mithai wala on the temple lane.
Janma Bhoomi Temple is well with in the city, you can take autorickshaw to reach here. Autorickshaw do take through the city tour and Vrindavan tour.
Temple Timings: 5am to 12noon and 2pm to 8pm
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