|Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi birthplace temple in Mathura. travel.india.com|
|Mathura location map, UP. www.traveladvisorindia.com|
Mathura city in the state of Uttar Pradesh is one of the holiest places for the Hindus just like Banares, Rameswaram, Badrinath or Kadarnath, et al. Like Kumbakonam city of Tamil Nadu, Mathura and its surroundings have one of the highest concentrations of temples in India. Every day thousands of pilgrims visit this place that happens to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna and it is also the site of a great Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple.
|Sri Krishna &consorts Rukmini, Satyabhama and Garuda; Tamil Nadu, late 12th-13thC.. en.wikipedia.org|
Every Hindu is aware of Sri Krishna's story and why the God took the avatar on this earth and later his major role in the Kurushetra war between Pandavas and Kauravas. It was predicted that Kamsa a demon king, would be slain by the 8th baby born to his sister Devaki. Kamsa, being greedy and cruel had no sympathy for his own sister and her husband Vasudev. Consequently he imprisoned them and killed every child born to her while in jail. The almighty had a different plan and when Sri Krishna was born the entire jail staff was under a spell and the baby was taken to Gokulam where Baghavan was being brought up by the Yadhavas. His place was taken up by a baby girl in the jail. Upon hearing the birth of child, Kamsa came to the jail to kill the baby girl. The divine girl escaped from his hand and warned him about his impeding death and the divine baby was being brought up elsewhere. At last Sri Krishna killed the demon king and saved the people from his repressive rule. During several excavations, many statues and sculptures of great antiquity were found in the birth place of Sri Krishna. where lord Krishna was born. The stone walled cell is reminiscent of the cruelty of King Kamsa. 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 offer prayer on the birth day of Sri Krishna at the temple here during Janmashtami, also known as "Gokulashtami" in Tamil Nadu and other southern states. The festivities and celebrations are common all over India and Hindus visit Sri Krishna temples in their areas and offer prayer with devotion and Bakthi. Celebrations normally begin during mid night with the birth of Baghawan.
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