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Sri Krishna Janmasthan Mathura Timings
|Monday||5:00 am – 12:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
|Tuesday||5:00 am – 12:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
|Wedesday||5:00 am – 12:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
|Thursday||5:00 am – 12:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
|Friday||5:00 am – 12:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
|Saturday||5:00 am – 12:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
|Sunday||5:00 am – 12:00 pm
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sri Krishna Janmasthan Mathura Darshan & Aarti Timings
|Darshan & Aarti||Timings|
|Summer||5:00 am to 12:00 pm Noon & 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm|
|Winter||5:30 am to 12:00 pm Noon & 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm|
|Mangal Aarti||5:30 am|
|Makhan Bhog||8:00 am|
|Sandhya Aarti||6:00 pm|
Visiting a temple purifies the soul, and India is blessed to house many beautiful temples. Although we are an amalgamation of different cultures, you can find scores of ornate Hindu temples spread across the length and breadth of the country. Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple is one of the most famous temples of India dedicated to Lord Krishna.
A mentor, a philosopher; a pastoral tribe's child deity; a pole star; a knight in shining armour, and, for others, a "way of life" – Lord Krishna is the all-powerful Supreme Being. He was a brilliant Sannyasin (a Hindu holy mendicant), a fantastic homemaker, and a formidable leader who ruled over several kingdoms.
His 800-year odyssey has intrigued everyone, which began as a hero of the Vrishni tribe and ended with him as the Vishnu incarnate. The temples that have sprung up throughout India are memorials of the events during Lord Krishna's lifetime. Mathura, a city in Uttar Pradesh, is the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
About Mathura, the abode of Lord Krishna
Mathura is well-known as Lord Krishna's abode, where he spent his childhood, adolescence, and parts of his adulthood. Mathura, also known as Brij Bhoomi, is one of the holiest locations in India, with a large number of Hindu temples. It is well-known for its history, archaeology, religious history, art, and sculpture. It stands on the banks of the Yamuna river.
Mathura is close to Agra, and the inhabitants are pretty kind and easygoing, and they are always willing to serve tourists in any way they can. Mathura's primary languages are Brijbhasi and Hindi.
Mathura is linked with the well-known courageous queen Rani Laxmi Bai when she fought against the British in 1857. Mathura is also home to many Hindu temples and is prominent among Buddhists due to its past as an important Buddhist site.
Tourists can listen to the lovely sound of flutes throughout the city and feel an incredible sense of love and devotion. Holi is the most prominent festival in Mathura, and millions of people worldwide come to experience the joy and excitement of this colourful event.
You will also discover various lodging alternatives here, ranging from luxury hotels to guesthouses to dharamshalas to bed and breakfasts. Mathura's speciality is its mouth-watering cuisine, which includes pera, jalebis, lassi, and kachoris.
Mathura is one of the top spiritual destinations in India.
About the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple Mathura
Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple, also known as Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple, is centred on the prison cell where Lord Krishna's parents, Mata Devaki and Vasudeva, were imprisoned by his wicked uncle Kansa.
Aside from the prison cell, the Krishna Janmasthan Temple contains other temples devoted to the god. The holy ambience and purity of the temple infuse the heart with confidence that this is the spot where Lord Krishna revealed himself.
#Trivia: Several kings destroyed it numerous times before being rebuilt with financial assistance from industrialists.
The Krishna Janmasthan Temple sees heavy footfall during holidays such as Janmashtami (The birthday of Lord Krishna), Basant Panchami, Holi, and Diwali.
#Note: Cameras aren't allowed due to security purposes. Most Mathura temples prohibit cell phones and cameras, therefore try to avoid them when visiting any temple.
Location of the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple in Mathura
The temple stands at Deeg Marg, Near Deeg Gate Chauraha, Mathura.
History of Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple Mathura
Krishna Janmabhoomi holds a special place in the hearts and souls of Hindus since it is Lord Krishna's birthplace. The tyrant King Kansa, Krishna's maternal uncle, ruled Mathura during his birth.
#Trivia- According to legend, Akashvaani (a heavenly declaration) foretold Kansa's death at the hands of Devaki's eighth child.
In response to the announcement, he imprisoned Shri Vasudeva and Mata Devaki and arranged for the murder of all of her children. However, Devaki gave birth to Lord Krishna at midnight during her eighth month of pregnancy. All of the jail doors were left open that night due to a miracle performed by Lord Vishnu. Vasudeva brought the infant in a basket over the Yamuna after his birth.
Image Gallery of Sri Krishna Janmasthan Mathura
Interesting historical facts about Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple Mathura
- The Sri Krishna Janmasthan Temple was built nearly 5000 years ago by Vajranabha, Krishna's great-grandson.
- Then, around 400 AD, under the reign of Chandragupta Vikramaditya, it was reconstructed.
- Mahmud of Ghazni destroyed it in 1017 AD.
- Raja Dhurpet Dev Janjua, the Emperor of Mathura, built the temple for the third time in 1150 AD.
- It was demolished in the 16th century by Sikandar Lodi, Sultanate of Delhi.
- Raja Veer Singh Bundela restored it with INR 3.3 million 125 years later, during the reign of Jahangir.
- In 1669 AD, Aurangzeb demolished it once more and replaced it with a masjid.
- When Britishers took over the city of Mathura in 1815, the temple area was auctioned off.
- On February 21, 1951, late Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya took the initiative to rebuild the temple by founding the 'Sri Krishna Janma Bhoomi Trust.'
The building was ultimately constructed due to the tireless efforts of many people.
Structures inside the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex
The Sri Krishna Janmasthan Temple houses the Keshavdev temple, the Garbha Griha shrine, and the Bhagavata Bhavan.
Keshavdev Temple: Ramkrishna Dalmia constructed the Keshavdev Temple south of the Shahi Eidgah in honour of his mother, Jathia Devi Dalmia. The construction began on June 29, 1957, and was dedicated on September 6, 1958, by Hanuman Prasad Poddar.
Garbha Griha Shrine: It is the location of Krishna's prison cell, where he was born. You can see a marble pavilion and an underground prison cell with a large veranda on the site. A temple devoted to the eight-handed goddess Yogmaya stands nearby.
Bhagvat Bhavan: The temple is dedicated to Srimad Bhagavata, built on February 11, 1965.
It has five shrines: the main shrine has six-foot-tall statues of Radha and Krishna, with the shrine of Balarama, Subhadra, and Jagannath on the right, the temple of Rama Lakshman and Sita on the left, Garuda Stambha and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in front of Jagannatha shrine, and Hanuman in front of Ram shrine, the Durga temple, and the Shivalinga temple.
The paintings on the assembly hall's ceiling, walls, and pillars represent Krishna and his disciples. In addition, you can see inscriptions of the verses of the Bhagavad Gita on the walls of the circumambulation walkway.
Potra Kund: Potra Kund or Pavitra Kund, a vast and deep tiered water tank in the southeast of the Janmasthan temple, holds significance as the first bathing site of infant Krishna following his birth. Mahadji Scindia constructed the tank stairs in 1782. In 1850, his ancestors repaired them.
Things to Do in the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple
Paintings and Architecture
You can experience the unique architecture and artwork inside the Shree Krishna Janmasthan Temple that depicts all the significant events in Lord Krishna's life. The innate craftsmanship and the beautiful colour play makes the entire temple complex come alive.
Festive Celebrations at the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple
Janmashtami: If you want to experience energy and vibrancy, you have to visit Mathura during Janmashtami. An emotion like none other, the city's streets and the premise of the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple glitter with life. It marks the end of sadness and the beginning of bliss.
The temple's trust decks the temple with lights, flowers, religious flags, other accessories, and unique attires for Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. Professional artists perform devotional prayers and dramas in the temple. They enact various scenes from Krishna's childhood.
The celebration begins at midnight of Lord Krishna's birth when the Pujaris house the deity in the Garbha Griha, where it is ritualistically bathed with milk and curd, clothed in traditional attire put in the cradle.
After that, the worshippers rock the cradle and sing prayers and devotional songs. People believe that any wish made while swinging the cradle comes true. Then, the devotees offer the lord 'panchamrit' and 'Chappan bhog' (56 dishes), further distributed among other devotees to break their fast.
#Trivia- Every year, about eight lakh devotees visit Mathura and Vrindavan to participate in the Janmashtami festival, offer prayers, and witness the spectacular celebration of Lord Krishna's birth.
The locals celebrate this festival for almost six days with full enthusiasm and culminate the festivities on the sixth day, after the birth of Lord Krishna, as 'Chatti.'
Holi Celebration: Holi is one of the most well-known festivals of Mathura. The occasion is celebrated as the most colourful day in Mathura and lasts for several days. It begins on Phalgun Amavasya and gains prominence on Ekadashi, decking the entire city with its vibrant hues.
During Holi, folk and local singers sing devotional and specialised songs in Mathura's Krishna Janmasthan Temple. Moreover, on the eve of Holika Dahan, artists perform a unique theatrical performance that represents the classic tale of Holika and Prahalad.
Basant Panchmi: The Mathuravasis (people of Mathura) celebrate Basant Panchmi in a unique style at Krishna Janmasthan Temple. The temple's trust bedecks the idol of Lord Krishna with yellow and golden attire with glittering embellishments.
All of Krishna's temples, as well as the entire city, are painted yellow. The yellow light lends a special touch to the celebration. Every temple in Mathura serves a special bhog of 'kheer' packed with saffron and yellow rice.
People come to experience the joy of the festival and see the eye-catching decorations of the temples of Mathura.
Deepavali: Deepavali is India's most famous and grandest Hindu festival. During Diwali, the entire Mathura city glitters with colourful materials, bright lights, and a spread of unique culinary delights. Mathuravasis (local people) hold special prayers, and residents distribute sweets to their families and loved ones. It fosters unity among the people.
Govardhan puja follows Deepavali soon after.
Radhashtami: It celebrates Radha's birth anniversary. During Radhashtami, devotees perform several devotional activities and songs at Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple. Radha-Krishna melodies are prevalent at this time, and all pilgrims hum the tune when visiting this location.
Several Jhankis (unique decorative rides) pass the city, with the deities of Radha and Krishna dressed in beautiful jewels and clothing. In addition, you can relish the prasad, such as Panjeeri, Rajbhoj, Matharis, Sakalpara, Gujhias, and so on.
Gopashtami: This festival recalls the event when Krishna became the first independent cowherd. People observe this festival during Kartik month and offer their obeisance to cows. Then, the cowherds take the cows to the Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, beautifully adorned alongside Lord Krishna.
Sharad Purnima: The locals celebrate the Sharad Purnima festival with tremendous delight and happiness at Mathura's Krishna Janmasthan Temple. You can enjoy Raas Leelas (folk song and dance routine) in the temple premises through the night during this event.
We celebrate this on the full moon day of the lunar month of Ashvin, which corresponds to the conclusion of the Monsoon season. In Mathura, you will also find a special mention of the Goddess Lakshmi.
Cuisines to Try Near the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple
Mathura Ke Pede, a type of sweet dessert created from condensed milk, is a local speciality. Other dishes include Kachori, Jalebi, Chaat, Panipuri, Samosa, Dhokla, Aloo Tikki, and Lassi. There are also traditional North Indian dishes available.
Brijwasi Mithaiwale is the most famous restaurant near the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple. Dosa Plaza and Zaika are other places to delight your taste buds.
The best dessert places are Baskin Robbins, Giani's Ice cream Parlour, and the Chocolate room.
All are within a km of the temple.
Entry Tickets and Timings of Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple
There is no entry fee to visit the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple. The temple timings different during the summer and winter months. There are two slots for two seasons- Winter and Summer.
During the summer months, from April to November, the Aarti timings are from 5 am to 12 pm in the morning and from 4 pm to 9:30 pm in the evening. The Garbha Griha visit timings are from 5 am to 9:30 pm.
During the winter months, from November to April, the Aarti timings are from 5:30 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 8:30 pm in the evening. The Garbha Griha visit timings are from 5:30 am to 8:30 pm.
#Trivia: Mangal Aarti is performed at 5:30 AM.
How to Reach the Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple
By Road- Mathura is a well-known city in Uttar Pradesh. The town is well-connected to the rest of Uttar Pradesh and other adjacent cities. In addition, it is a popular tourist site, and there are numerous public and private modes of transportation available.
By Rail- Mathura has two important railway stations- Mathura Junction and Mathura Cantt. Both are well-connected to all of the nearby trains in Uttar Pradesh and the rest of India. You can rent a private cab from top car rental companies in Mathura-Vrindavan or take an autorickshaw to reach the Krishna Janmasthan Temple.
By Air- Mathura is around 2.5 hours from New Delhi, and the nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. You can rent a private cab to reach Mathura city directly.
Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple is one of the largest and most famous temples in Mathura. So, connect with your spiritual side and devour yourself in the goodness of the beautiful city and the temple.
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