KRISHNA JANMABHOOMI

Srikrishna Janmabhoomi also known as Katra Keshav Dev temple, is the actual birthplace of lord Krishna as it’s believed to be built over the same prison cell where lord Krishna was born around 5000 years back.

It’s believed that first temple was built on the site by Vajranabh (Great Grandson of Sri Krishna) 5000 years back. As per the legends and history, Keshav deo temple has been the evidence of destruction by many Muslim rulers. In 11th century Mahmud of Ghazni destructed the temple that was built by Chandragupta Vikramaditya. In 1150 AD, Jajja during the rule of Vijay Pal Deva rebuilt the temple which in was destructed by other Muslim ruler Sikandar Lodhi in 16th century. The fourth temple which was built during the rule of Mughal emperor Jahangir by Veer Singh Bundela of Orchaa was ordered destruction by Mughal ruler Aurangzeb and a mosque(current day Jami Masjid) was built on a part of the destructed temple area. During British rule Madan Mohan Malviya took the land from Raja Krishna das of Banaras. Later on, inspired by him few leading personalities like Jugal kishor Birla, Jaidayal Dalmia and many others formed a private trust to overtake the construction work on the site and finally the temple was completed in 1965.The prison cell complex of the temple was excavated in 1953 during chairmanship of Swami Akhandananda Saraswati and was finally completed in 1982. Presently the temple is headed by Mahant Nrityagopal Das.

The main temple premises has the prison cell also called as Garbha Griha built of red stone, the place where Vasudev and Devaki, the parents of lord Krishna were kept in confinement and is also said to be the actual birth place of lord Krishna. Here one can also have the view of the footprints (Charankamal) of Lord Krishna on a stone slab. Adjacent to Garbha Griha is the small temple of Ashtabhuji Yogmaya devi whose deity is made up of silver metal. The other temple nearby is Keshavdev temple having the deity depicting the image of child Krishna (Balkrishna). There lies the other bigger and magnificent Bhavan going upstairs which is also called Bhagvata Bhavan as verses of Shreemadbhagvata are engraved and the beautiful pictures from the pastimes of lord Krishna & Radha are depicted on its walls and ceilings. Bhagvata Bhavan has primarily 5 temples, the major being that of Shri Radha Krishna. The other temples are that of Balram-Subhadra-Jagannath towards left with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s deity in front of it and ram-Lakshman-Janki temple towards right with Hanumanji deity opposite to it. There is also a temple of Lord Shiva (Mercury Linga) with his family and Goddess Durga. Since years, city of Mathura and primarily Srikrishna Janmasthan has been the major hub for the pilgrims from different parts of country and world on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami to witness the special birth ceremony of lord Krishna which is performed at around midnight 12 AM.

Potra Kund

It’s a large quadrangular tank of solid stone work nearby to the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi mandir, where it’s believed that the diapers or Potra of lord Krishna (baby Krishna) were washed. Its huge massive structure in itself built of red sandstone with the series of steps on all four sides leading to the water reservoir giving an exceptional and imposing view to the tourists. During raining season the tank is completely filled with water.

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