Krishna Janambhoomi Temple
Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple is the most sought after devout centers in Mathura. Its predominance over the other holy spots are due to the belief that the temple stands on the same place where lord Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudev. Numerous articles excavated from the site bare testimony to the legendary story of Sri Krishna’a birth
According to historians, the prison cell, popularly known as 'Garbha Griha' ( Sanctum Sanitorium ) , in the temple premise is the exact place where lord Krishna was born. The stone walled cell is reminiscent of the cruelty of King Kansa. Many statues and sculptures of the bygone era were found on excavating the site. The prison cell was gradually turned into the present beautiful temple. Lakhs of devotees throng the temple during Janmashtami. The festivities and celebrations during the festival is famous all over India. Celebrations begin during mid night with the birth of Lord Krishna.
The clearance of the birthplace of Lord Shri Krishna, led to the recovery of many portions of a 1500 year old temple, including the sanctum sanctorum (Garbha Griha) and a throne. The Medhi and sanctum sanctorum have been preserved. It is, indeed, the blessings of the Lord that when Emperor Aurangzeb demolished the temple and erected the Idgah on its plinth, the Idgahwas actually constructed on the Sabha Mandap (prayer-hall) of the temple; the sanctum sanctorum, miraculously, remained intact and got buried under the debris. Resurrection of such an auspicious place has ensured that the devotees, once again, can enjoy the blessings of the Lord at His birthplace.
Main Temples in Shri Krishna Janamstan
Garbh Griha ( Sanctum sanctorum or Prison Cell ) : The divine ambience of the sanctum sactorum thrills the hearts of the devotees as soon as they enter the auspicious place, and a sense of conviction surges in their minds that this indeed is the place where Lord Krishna manifested Himself. It is true that Mathura is the holiest, and it is the only place in the universe where Brahma and Shakti have been manifested at the same place. It is in Mathura that Leelapurushottam Shri Krishna and Ashthabhuja Ma Yogmaya manifested. A spacious verandah and an artistic marble pavilion, Shikhar Mandap, were constructed exactly on the upper part of theMedhi. A miracle observed here is that innumerable forms of Shri Radha-Krishna have appeared on the Makrana marble slabs of the wall of the Shikhar Mandap. The devotees are overwhelmed by the palpable feeling of His divine grace at this place.
Keshavadeva Temple : A magnificent temple for paying obeisance to Lord Shri Krishna was constructed by Seth Ramkrishnaji Dalmia in memory of his pious mother, Smt. Jadia Devi Dalmia. It is believed by the devotees that a darshan of the long-haired Keshavadevji, who is the complete incarnation of Vishnu, Rasa and love, can earn the blessings of the Lord. It is their unshakable belief that a darshan of Lord Keshavadevji can fulfil wishes and wash away the sins of the devotees. Today, this temple has become a centre of attraction for visitors from India and abroad.
Bhagvata Bhavan : The Bhagavata Bhavan comprises, primarily, of five temples. The main temple is Radha-Krishna Yugal Sarkar, which draws the devotees and fills them with the sense of the divine presence of Shri Radha-Krishna. On the right is the temple of Shri Balram, Subhadra and Shri Jagannathji. On the left side is the temple of Shri Sita, Ram and Lakshmanji. In front of the temple of Shri Jagannathji, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is seen paying obeisance to the Lord beside theGarud-sthambh. In front of the temple of Shri Ram, Shri Hanumanji is seen standing, paying obeisance with folded hands. In front of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,we can have the darshan of Goddess Durga in her divine splendour. Shri Keshveshwar (Lord Shiva) is present here in the form of a mercury Linga. The idols in these temples have special features. Those of Radha Krishna are of human size, nearly six feet high. The idols of Shri Jagannath, Subhadra and Balram have been made by the same sculptor who crafted the idols at Jagannath temple, Puri. Even the wood used is the same i.e. Nimba Kashtha. Lord Keshveshwar is portrayed in his own mercurial Linga form, which has been solidified by mixing mercury with herbal extracts without the use of any metal alloy. This mercury Linga is, perhaps, the only one of its kind. Ancient scriptures say that those who pay obeisance to the mercurial Shiva Linga get their sins washed away. The darshan of the mercurial Shiva Linga is supposed to be as auspicious as darshan of the twelve Jyotirlingams.