Vishram Ghat and other Ghats in Mathura

 

Located near Dwarkadhish temple and on the bank of holy river yamuna, there are a total of 25 ghats in Mathura today, of which the most important is the Vishram Ghat, where according to legend, Shri Krishna took his rest after killing Kansa. It is at Vishram Ghat that the traditional parikrama (circumambulation of all the important religious and cultural spots of the city) starts and ends.

 

 

History

 

The 12 ghats to the north of Vishram Ghat include

  • Ganesh Ghat,
  • Dashashwamedh Ghat with its Neelakantheshwar Temple,
  • Saraswati Sangam Ghat,
  • Chakratirtha Ghat,
  • Krishnaganga Ghat,
  • Somatirth or Swami Ghat,
  • Ghantagharan Ghat,
  • Dharapattan Ghat,
  • Vaikuntha Ghat,
  • Navtirtha or Varahkshetra Ghat,
  • Asikunda Ghat,
  • Manikarnika Ghat.

 

To the south, there are 11 ghats

 

  • the Guptatirth Ghat,
  • Prayag Ghat marked by the Veni Madhav Temple,
  • Shyam Ghat,
  • Ram Ghat,
  • Kankhal Ghat, the site of the Janmashtami and Jhula festivals,
  • Dhruva Ghat,
  • Saptrishi Ghat,
  • Mokshatirth Ghat,
  • Surya Ghat,
  • Ravan Koti Ghat,
  • Buddha Ghat.

 

 

 

The Vishram ghat is lined with elegant temple and some of Mathura's most important shrines are found here - the Mukut Temple, Radha-Damodar, Murli Manohar, Neelkantheshwar, Yamuna-Krishna, Langali Hanuman and Narasimha temples. The baithak of the great Vaishnava, Shri Chaitanya, is also near by. The aarti held at the Vishram Ghat each evening is not to be missed, for the little oil lamps that are floated on the river set the placid water asparkle with a myriad flickering lights. History tells us that this important site was ravaged and patronized in equal measure over the ages, It was badly damaged during the early invasions but two Vaishnavite saints, Keshav Kashmiri and Vallabhacharya restored its sanctity during the time of Sikander Lodhi. It received lavish patronage during the tolerant rule of Akbar when the temples were repaired and embellished but again time and events took their toll.