The temple is located in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh and is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
About the Temple
There is a small room inside the temple which is structured like a prison. It was said that Lord Krishna was born inside a cell, when His mother Devaki was prisoned by His brother Kansa, as a divine voice predicted him that he would be killed by the eight son of Devaki. Mathura is believed to be the birth place of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This place is called as Krishnajanmabhoomi, and considered as a sacred site. Sri Govardhana Nesa Perumal temple is located just beside the main Krishnajanmabhoomi and it is also called as Kesava Deo Temple and Krishna Janmasthan. The temple describes many constructions and destructions. It has been destroyed for four times and a new temple was built. The temple was built for the second time around 400 AD by Chandragupta II, one of the most powerful emperors of the Gupta Empire in northern India. And the temple was destroyed in 1017 AD by Mahmud of Ghazni, was the most prominent ruler of the Ghaznavid Empire, North India.
About the Deity
The deity is Lord Govardhana Nesa Perumal (Lord Krishna), also called Lord Kesava Dev. It is believed that the original deity of this temple was installed by the grandson of Lord Krishna named Vajranabha.
Legend and Stories
Legend has it that the third temple was built by Jajja in Vikrama Samvat 1207 (1150 AD) during the rule of Vijaypal Deva. The temple was built for the fourth time by Veer Singh Dev Bundela of Orchha and was said to be destructed by Aurangzeb in 1669. During British rule, the temple came under auction, and the king then Raja Patnimal of Banaras, purchased the temple, who wanted to build a temple. But because of the battle for ownership of land with Muslim community of Mathura, he could not able to erect a temple. Finally it was ordered that the land belong to the current descendants of king of Benaras. The temple was finally constructed with more efforts by Jaidayal Dalmia of Dalmia Group. The construction of the temple was completed in the year 1965 at a cost of rupees 15 million.
Krishna Janmashtami – August/September
Vasant Panchami – February
The Thaayar found here in this sthalam is Sathyabama Naachiyaar.
- Periyalwar - 4 Paasurams
- Andal - 6 Paasurams
- Thondaradipodialwar - 1 Paasuram
- Thirumangaialwar - 4 Paasurams
- Nammalwar - 10 Paasurams
- Indra theertham
- Govardhana theertham
- Yamuna theertham
Nearby Place To Visit
Shri Jagannath Temple Bhuteshwar Mathura
- Prem Mandir, Vrindavan
- Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, Vrindavan
- Birla Mandir
- Iskcon Temple
- Baldeo temple
- Bhuteshwar temple
Mathura has no airports. The nearest airports are Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow and Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi, providing international service. And domestic airports are located at Agra, Allahabad, Gorakhpur and Kanpur. The nearest railway station is Mathura junction. It is well to major cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Indore, Alwar, Jaipur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Rewa, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi etc. Mathura is well connected by road. NH 2 (Delhi-Howrah) Highway passes through the city and connects to National Highway 3 (to Mumbai), a part of which is known as Mathura Road. NH-11 (Agra to Bikaner). SH-33 (Bareilly to Mathura via Badaun, Ujhani, Kasganj, Soron, Sikandra Rao, and Hathras) NH-93 (Moradabad) are also prominent arterial highways.
Sri Govardhana Nesa Perumal Temple,
Govardhan Parikrama Marg, Thiruvadamathura, Govardhan,
Uttar Pradesh - IN.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
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.