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Janmashtami Special: Mathura Travel Guide

Janmashtami, or Keshava Jayanti, is one of the biggest festivals in India, celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. Celebrated across the country on the eighth day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August-September), Janmashtami also goes by Gokulashtami and Krishnashtami. On this day, devotees flocked to Mathura, which was believed to be Lord Krishna’s birthplace.

Here’s everything you need to learn about travelling to Mathura for Janmashtami, from places you need to visit, what you should eat and family hotels in Mathura.  

Historical Background

Mathura is a city located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is considered one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism and is especially important to the Vaishnavism tradition. The city is located on the banks of the Yamuna River and is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

Mathura has a long and rich history, dating back to at least the 3rd century BCE. According to legend, it was from this region that King Kansa attempted to kill his nephew Krishna, who ultimately defeated him.

Festivals of Krishna

One of the most popular festivals in Mathura is Janmashtami, which celebrates the birth of Krishna. Mathura comes alive during this time with special puja ceremonies, music, and dance performances.

Devotees from all over come to pay homage to Krishna at his birthplace. Book your tickets and accommodation in advance if you’re planning to travel to Mathura for Janmashtami! 

How to Reach Mathura

Mathura is a city in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located approximately 50 miles south of Agra and 145 miles southeast of Delhi. The city has an estimated population of 1.1 million people, making it the 20th most populous city in India.

The town is easily accessible from other Indian cities by bus and train. Multiple buses run between New Delhi and Mathura for those interested in travelling by bus. 

Places to Visit in Mathura

If you’re looking to celebrate Janmashtami in Mathura, there are plenty of places to visit that are significant to Krishna’s life. 

Janmbhumi Mandir

The most famous temple in Mathura is the Janmbhumi Mandir, located near the Yamuna River. It is believed that Lord Krishna was born here, and it was here where he spent his childhood years playing with his friends.

Dwarkadhish Mandir

Just a short walk from the Janmbhumi Mandir is the beautiful Dwarkadhish Mandir. Legend has it that Krishna killed a demon called Kansa at this location, thus saving all of humanity from evil forces. The temple contains an idol depicting Krishna as a young boy on a large throne.

Birla Mandir

It is a famous temple built by the Birla family, which is unique since all the chapters of the Bhagavad Gita (18 chapters, 700 verses) are carved into its pillars.

Vishram Ghat

One of the holiest bathing ghats in Mathura, Vishram Ghat, lies along the banks of the Yamuna River. Pilgrims often come here to take a holy dip before offering prayers to their favourite gods and goddesses. Take some time to explore the Ghat, enjoy shopping nearby or try your hand at boating down the river – all activities that will make your trip even more memorable!

Bhuteshvar Mandir

Shaktipeeth, or Power points, are sacred sites of the Goddess Shakti’s (Mother Parvati) power. At this Shaktipeeth, the goddess lost her hair when the discus of Lord Vishnu burned it off. Shiva at this Shaktipeeth is called Bhuteshwar Mahadev and is a Shetrapal or protector of Mathura.  

Holi Gate

This is the busiest area in Mathura with its many local establishments like the market, restaurants, and clothing stores. It is also very close to Janambhumi Mandir.

Accommodation in Mathura

Depending on your budget and preferences, there are plenty of accommodation options and family hotels in Mathura

  • OYO 17059 Prabhu Resort
  • Capital O 2594 Hotel Kanchan Residency
  • OYO 22979 Saffron Hotel

You can search for the best family hotels near me and enjoy a hassle-free stay. 

How to Get Around in Mathura

To get around Mathura, you can either walk or take a cycle-rickshaw. Mathura is small, so it’s easy to get around on foot. However, if you’re carrying any heavy luggage or plan on doing a lot of shopping, you may want to take a cycle-rickshaw. You can also take an auto-rickshaw if you travel further out of the city centre.

What to Eat In Mathura

If you’re visiting Mathura during Janmashtami, you’ll want to try some of the city’s specialities. Typical dishes include buttery Braj ke laddoos, peda sweetmeats made with khoya (reduced milk), and barfi (milk fudge).

Try the fried potato cakes called Aloo Tikki, Sev puri, or kachori for savoury. And, of course, no visit to Mathura would be complete without a cup of steaming hot kullhad chai!


A visit to Mathura during Janmashtami will surely be a memorable experience. From the lively atmosphere of the temples to the delicious food, there’s something for everyone in this historic city.

Spend time exploring the ancient sites, admiring the artwork, and shopping at the beautiful markets. After all, it is one of India’s most significant pilgrimages and wouldn’t be complete without taking some time to explore its history!


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