Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir is a Lord Krishna temple located in Mathura.It is the birth city of Bhagwan Krishna and is situated on the banks of river Yamuna ,approximately 145 km from the capital city Delhi. The Keshav Dev Temple is a Hindu temple positioned besides the main Krishnajanmabhoomi complex .They are a major pilgrimage site for Hindus,along with neighboring towns Govardhan, Nandgaon and Vrindavan. The original deity was installed by Bajranabh, the great-grandson of Krishna.
The exact place where lord Krishna was born is the 'Garbha Griha',i.e., the prison cell. This stone walled cell is indicative of the cruelty of King Kansa. On excavating the site ,many statues and sculptures of the previous era were found. The prison cell was progressively turned into the present beautiful temple. Lakhs of devotees reach the temple during Janmashtami. The celebrations during the festival are famous all over India. At mid night the celebrations begin with the birth of Bhagwan.
Mathura is one of the most sacred destinations of India,being the birth place of Lord Krishna. Mathura was founded in the Treta yug by Shatrughna who was the younger brother of Lord Rama .Later it was under the royalty of the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna ,King Kamsa. As per the Hindu folklore, Kamsa heard a heavenly prediction that he would be killed by his sister Devki's eighth son Krishna. So, he imprisoned Devki and her husband Vasudeva and continued killing their children one after the other. Then when Lord Krishna was born, astonishingly all guards went to sleep and the prison gates opened. Vasudeva took his son to Gokul passing the wild river Yamuna in mid night. Later Krishna killed tyrant Kamsa and ruled Mathura for a long time. Krishna spent his childhood at Vrindavan leaving a number of myths and legends of love and friendship behind. The first temple was constructed almost 5,000 years ago by Vajranabha, the great-grandson of Lord Krishna. In existing memory, it was constructed by Raja Vir Sinh Bundela of Orchaa, in the rule of Jehangir. He enjoyed a special favour with the Mughal because of his support to Jehangir in his succession.
After 1992 Ayodhya situation,security was improved at the main Krishna janmabhoomi complex. It is slowly becoming the de-facto Krishna temple for localities, along with the older Dwarikadheesh temple in the old town. The temple has its own festival calendar, and hosts nearly all of the Hindu functions within its own premises independently. The next to residential areas of mallapura, Govind Nagar, JagannathPuri are the main suppliers for many of the festivals. It has"lathamar holi", "chhappan bhog", "Krishna Janmashtami" among other festivals. Most of the festivals here are in sync with calendar followed in temples of Goverdhan, and out of sync with the main Krishnajanmabhoomi complex.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To have their deepest desires fulfilled
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.