The small, dark prison cell, where the eighth incarnation of Vishnu and one of the most popular Gods of Hinduism, Lord Krishna was born has been, has been over the years renovated into a beautiful temple for the devotees to worship his divinity. The jail doors, prison wall, cement beds and other relics reverberate with the presence of the Lord. The shrines in the complex have been constructed and destroyed over various eras through history. The complex is studded with temples, old and new, radiating the essence of Krishna all through the air of Mathura. According to the folklore, the first temple was constructed on this spot by Vajranabha, the great grandson of Lord Shri Krishna. The next temple was constructed here during the reign of Gupta Emperor, Chandragupta Vikramaditya in 400 A.D which was destroyed by Mahmud Ghaznavi. Maharaja Vijayapal Deva, then constructed a third temple. This structure was destroyed in the early sixteenth century during the reign of Sikandar Lodi. About 125 years later, Raja Veer Singh Deva Bundela of Orchha constructed another magnificent temple. This was later destroyed by Aurganazeb. 'Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi Trust' with the help of many prominent devotees of the Lord, developed the divine premise.
Devaki's brother, had ascended the throne by imprisoning his father. A prophecy from heavens predicted Kamsa's death at the hands of Devaki's eighth child. Kamsa locked his sister and husband, Vasudeva in prison and killed their children, one by one, immediately after birth. The seventh child is believed to have been transferred to the womb of Rohini. That is how Balram was born. In the month of Bhadrapada, at midnight, as darkness engulfed and t...View more
e rains poured over the earth, Devaki had her eighth son. The prison door opened and the river split as the divine intervention allowed Vasudeva to secretly take the new born from the clutches of evil. He left him at Gokula in the house of Yashoda. The divine place inside the prison cell, where the Lord is believed to have born is the Krishna Janmabhoomi of Mathura.This temple is part of famous Saptapuri Yatra.
Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple was built over the prison which was believed to be the birth place of Lord Krishna.This temple complex is monumental and presents an imposing structure studded with a number of old and new, small and large, temples. The complex constitutes of Garbhagriha, Keshavdeva and Bhagwat Bhavan which houses five shrines. The garbhagriha is where the image of the main Deity is kept. The temple is approached by a flight of step...View more
and is built on a platform. The entrance has a porch with carved pillars. The Bhagwat Bhavan has the main Radha-Krishna temple, shrines of Shri Balram, Subhadra and Shri Jagannath on the right and Shri Sita, Ram and Lakshman temples on the left. The idols of Radha Krishna are of human size. Lord Shiva is present here in the form of a mercury Linga. The temple complex nearby has artistic murals painted on its roof and copper plates with Bhagavath Gita on it welded to the walls.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative clothing
Mathura is one of the ancient cities in India, mentioned from the time of Ramayana. Being the birth place of Lord Krishna, it is considered one of the Saptapuri pilgrimage centres where moksha can be attained. Mathura sees celebrations on a grand scale during Janmashtami and other festival days. Raasleela of Mathura, depicting the love of Krishna and Radha, is a prominent part of the festival as well as Indian folklore.
By air - Agra is the nearest domestic airport and Delhi the nearest international airport. Agra is 49kms from Mathura while Delhi is about 150kms from the Janmabhoomi. By road- Taxis and buses are available from all the major cities in UP and Delhi. Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation provides bus facilities to Kanpur, Agra, Delhi and Lucknow. Private buses are also available.
The priests perform regular puja, aarti, abhisheka and rituals to the various deities. Keertans, bhajans, chanting & prayers echo in the complex
Milk, curd abhisheka, flowers
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