The city of Mathura is the most vital place of pilgrimage for the Vaishnavs and Hindus having faith in Lord Krishna. As the city of Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna, it is considered one of the holiest places of pilgrimage of India. We had an opportunity to visit this holy city of Mathura during our recent visit to India in last January. Mathura is situated at the bank of holy River Yamuna. The most important ghat on this River Yamuna is the Vishram Ghat, which is situated on the bank of holy River Yamuna. I have tried to cover a brief review of our visit to Vishram Ghat in Mathura.
Mathura is very well connected by train, bus, and air from all the major cities of India. If you want to travel by air, there are many flights that can take you to Delhi. Mathura is around 84 miles away from Delhi. We had traveled up to Mathura in a famous luxury train of India, which is known as Rajdhani Express. We boarded this train from the city of Vadodara at 9 pm in the evening and reached Mathura at 7 am in the next morning. The journey by Rajdhani Express is worth enjoying as all the luxuries are offered to the passengers of AC 1st class in the train including all meals. Mathura is comparatively a dirty city but has lot of religious importance. So, the best thing would be to close your eyes to this dirt of the city and concentrate on the holy places here. The most important of all the places at Mathura is the Vishram Ghat. This ghat is situated on the bank of holy River Yamuna. The pilgrims have to get down around 120 steps to reach up to the black colored water of the holy river Yamuna. Taking a holy bath here at this Vishram Ghat is considered very vital and it is a belief in Hindu religion that the person taking a holy bath here goes straight to heaven after the death. The dark water of River Yamuna flow quiet rapidly here at Vishram Ghat in Mathura. There are lots of turtles here at Vishram Ghat. All types of religious ceremonies are performed at this Vishram Ghat ranging from the naming ceremony of the child to the post death rituals for an individual. There are lots of priests available here at this famous Vishram ghat. The pilgrims have to be extremely careful here as large number of the priests attacks you as soon as you reach the ghat for convincing you to perform puja through them only. It is suggested to be very careful in tackling these priests. We selected the best option of not performing any puja here at the ghat and told all the priests bluntly that we do not want any puja to be performed here. There are many temples here on the ghat, just facing the holy River Yamuna. The Lord Krishna temple is the most important of them all. Lord Krishna had taken rest or Vishram here at this ghat after killing the evil King Kans, who was his maternal uncle and also the king of Mathura.
The pilgrims generally take a holy bath at this ghat. There are good arrangements for taking a bath separately for both men and women. The separate clothes changing rooms are also provided at the ghat for men and women. There is a large importance of taking holy bath here at the ghat on the famous Bhai duj day. This is the next day of the Hindu New Year and the thousands of the pilgrims visit this holy city of Mathura on this auspicious day. Most of the Indian tour operators arrange the tour to Mathura so that the pilgrims can get an opportunity to take a holy bath here at the Vishram Ghat on Bhai Duj day. There are many good hotels at Mathura for all types of pockets, starting from Rs.50 ($1) per day to around Rs.10000 ($ 200) for a five star luxurious hotel. The North Indian food delicacies are available here in all types of varieties and that too, at very reasonable rates. The sweet items like Pedas and Pethas of Mathura are very famous and very popular. It would be better if you plan your visit to Mathura during the winter months from November to March as the summer months are very severe here. The tourists may need to stay for around two to three days here at Mathura to cover most of the holy places of Mathura.
We did enjoy our trip to Mathura and would suggest all our AC friends and readers to visit this holy city of Mathura during their next visit to India.