One of the major tourist attractions in Mathura is Mansi Ganga Tank. Located approximately 22 kms from the city, you can reach this impressive tank by taking Mathura - Govardhan road.
It is one of the most sacred tourist destinations for the Vaishnavites.
The existence of this tank goes back to the time when Lord Krishna spent His youthful years at Vrindavan. Since it was created by the divine intervention of Lord Krishna himself, Mansi ganga has a special place in the hearts of all the Vaishnavites.
History of Mansi Ganga Tank
As per the legends, Nanda Baba and Yasoda, the foster parents of Lord Krishna wanted to take a holy dip in river Ganga. In order to fulfill his parent's wish, Lord Krishna meditated and brought river Ganga to Govardhan. “Mansi” refers to the ‘mind’ as it was created by the power of the mind.
The enclosures and steps of the tank were built by Raja Bhagwan Das of Amer in 1637 and it was beautified by Raja Man Singh.
Things to do at the Mansi Ganga Tank
It is said that a dip in the holy Mansi Ganga bestows one with the eternal love for Lord Krishna! Devotees throng this sacred tank throughout the year to pay their homage to Lord Krishna. You can indulge in various activities:
Govardhan Parikrama: ‘Govardhan Parvat’ or ‘Giriraj’ is a hillock in the Brajbhoomi which is regarded as the physical form of Lord Krishna himself. Govardhan Parikrama in which devotees cover approximately 21 kms on foot is considered very auspicious. The parikrama starts and ends with a dip in Mansi Ganga tank.
Brajmandal Parikrama: As per the local belief, Brajmandal Parikrama would be incomplete without a dip in the Mansi Ganga Tank.
Temple Visits: One can visit the Shri Gangeshwar Mahadev temple and Mukut Mukharvind Temple on the banks of Mansi Ganga Tank.
Tranquil Surroundings: You can spend some time in solitude and enjoy the serene atmosphere at this humongous tank. Devotees like to spend some time meditating on Lord Krishna and his leelas at this place.
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Best Time to Visit the Mansi Ganga Tank
Mathura experiences extreme weather conditions during summer as well as winter months. The most favorable time to visit Mansi Ganga Tank would be from October to December and from February to April. During these months, the temperature stays in the moderate range.
How to reach the Mansi Ganga Tank
Mansi Ganga Tank is located at Govardhan and is easily accessible by hiring a private taxi from top car rental companies in Mathura-Vrindavan or taking an auto rickshaw. The closest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi which is around 167 km from the tank and the nearest railway station is Mathura Junction which is around 24 kms from Mansi Ganga Tank.
Things to keep in mind while visiting Mansi Ganga Tank
- Maintain the sanctity and decorum of the place.
- Be watchful of the monkeys and do not offer any eatables to them. Carry your food and other belongings in a bag.
- The approaching lanes are narrow, so be careful in case you are driving a four wheeler.
- Kindly do not litter the surroundings.
- It is advisable to refrain from using soap or shampoo while taking a dip in the holy tank. Separate enclosures are also available for men and women.
Mansi Ganga Tank is the largest of all the tanks located in Braj Bhoomi. Mansi Ganga is considered no lesser than the river Ganga itself. As per the local belief, by taking a dip in Mansi Ganga waters one can wash away all the sins as well as can achieve the ultimate “Prem Bhakti”.
Mathura and Vrindavan are among the most revered pilgrimages for all the Vaishnavites. One must pay a visit to Mansi Ganga Tank on the trip to Mathura-Vrindavan. Book a Mathura Vrindavan tour package with us to visit the popular sightseeing places of Mathura & Vrindavan comfortably. We, at Mathura-Vrindavan Tourism, a division of Holidays DNA, make sure your trip to these holy places is an enriching experience that you will cherish for a long time. Reach us out by filling the Contact Us form and we will revert back to you at the earliest.