Mathura – Lord Krishna’s Birth Place, Kesava Deo Temple
Mathura in Utter Pradesh state of India is the birth place of Lord Krishna (God Krishna, Sri Krishna) and is one of the seven holiest cities for Hindus.
Kesava Deo Temple is the main temple in the Krishnajanmabhoomi complex. Krishnajanmabhoomi complex is the complex housing the Kesava Deo Temple, the prison (actual birthplace of Lord Kishna) and other temples. Kehsav Dev , i.e Lord Krishna, is the main deity in the Kesava Deo Temple. It is believed that Bajranabh, the Great-grandson of Lord Krishna, installed the original deity here in this temple.
King Ugrasena ruled Mathura and was overthrown by his son Kamsa (or Kansa). [Kamsa not King Ugrasena’s biological son; but born to King Ugrasena’s wife Queen Padmavati and Drumila (or Gobhila)] . Kamsa was the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna. Kamsa was told that the eighth child of his sister, Devaki, shall kill him. Lord Krishna was saved from his Uncle Kamsa’s wrath by divine intervention and was raised by Nanda and Yasoda, a cow-herd couple, at the nearby city of Vrindavan (or called Mathura Vrindavan). Once Krishna grew up, he returned to Mathura and eventually killed King Kamsa and reinstated Kamsa’s father, Ugrasena, as King of Mathura.
Mathura is a very ancient city and the great Hindu Epic, Ramanaya, mentions about this city. There are hundreds of temples in Vrindavan, dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. (Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha are work-shipped together by many.)
What are the Different Names of Lord Krishna?
The list of different names of Lord Krishna can be found here.
How Do I Go to Mathura Kesava Deo Temple?
Mathra city is on the main Delhi – Agra National Highway side. Mathura town is at a distance of 50 kilometers, north of Agra. It takes around 2.5 hours drive from Delhi, if you travel by the Delhi-Agra National highway.
“Mathura junction” with station code “MTJ”, is the railway station at the birth place of God Krishna on the Delhi-Chennai / Delhi-Mumbai Main line.
Madurai’s twin city, Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days, is at a distance of 10 kilometers from Mathura, on the Agra-Delhi National Highway side. There are a few local trains between Mathura and Vrindavan. Vrindavan’s station code is ‘BDB’. Mathura to Vrindavan train journey takes a travelling time of 35 minutes and the train stops at 2 stations in between Mathura and Vrindavan .