It has aptly been said that the world is charged with the grandeur of God and only one thing in the world really worth pursuing is the deepest knowledge of God. We and God have business with each other; and in opening ourselves to His influence, our deepest destiny is fulfilled. God is incomprehensible and can therefore be prayed in any form or color. Like radium, ‘prayer’ is a source of self-luminous, self-generating energy. Mathura, a sacred town in the state of Uttar Pradesh fulfills this need.
Mathura is associated with a number of legends, myths, cults, fables, beliefs and faiths. Myth has it that, Devaki, gave birth to the blue God, Shri Krishna at Mathura. Shri Krishna is the humane incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the savior and one of the Trinity’. Those having Vaishnava cult will find Mathura, a must-to-be visited place. At the same time, the multi-religious ambience attracts visitors having faith in Jainism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.
Mathura is situated on the bank of the river Yamuna and its holy ghats add to the religious fervor of the city to a great extent. Added to this, a number of shrines and sacred kunds, keep the visitors spiritually occupied during their sojourn at Mathura.
Places of interest for visitors include Akhand Jyoti Sansthan, Giva Mandi, Basantar Park, Birla Temple, Dwarakdheesh Temple, Gayatri Tapo Bhumi, Gita Mandir, Goverdhan Giriraj Hill, Government Museum at the Dampier Park, Jai Gurudev temple, Mathura Refinery, Rifle Club, Shri Ganesh Temple, Bankeybehari Temple, Krishna Janma Bhoomi, Jama Masjeed and Mthura Jain Chorasi.
Vishram Ghat on the river Yamuna affords an ambience of absolute serenity where one can feel comfortable for taking rest for a while. It is here that Lord Krishna took rest after killing his hostile maternal uncle Kansa. There are a total of 25 ghats, each associated with Lord Krishna in some way or other.
Because of attack of Muslim invaders, Mathura has been a place exhibiting a combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It showcases the unique feature of India, ‘Unity in Diversity’ that appease to every kind of visitors from around any corner of the world. Mathura is the epitome of religious harmony.
Mathura was home to the Blue God, Shri Krishna. It holds on its blossom, the imprint of ‘Nat Khat’ Baal Krishna, of His childhood and His adulthood too. A visitor can realize the deepest feeling of devotion and total submission to Lord Krishan if they visit Mathura on any festive occasion, such as Holi and Janmstami. During these occasions, the city is thronged with exuberant artistic performances.
One can enjoy boating by going over to the other side of the river Yamuna to offer prayer at the Durvasha Rishi Temple. The Hansiva Rani Ghat there, is made of red stone.
Prayer is the most powerful form of energy. While praying, human beings augment their finite energy by addressing themselves to the source of all energy. A person visiting Mathura can link himself with the inexhaustible motive power, emanating from the Sudarhan Chakra of the Blue-colored God.