Cultural Heritage - Kalachara
Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi
Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi is a religious temple in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, built around the prison cell where the Hindu God Krishna is said to have been born about 5,000 years ago.
The original temple was built by Vajranabha, the great grandson of Lord Krishna. A stone inscription in Brahmi script shows that in the reign of Shodasa, an individual named Vasu had a temple, an arched doorway and an altar constructed at the birthplace of Shri Krishna.
Consecutive generations of rulers of Mathura built and rebuilt the temple magnificently in their own styles, after it was destroyed multiple times by invaders.
A part of the compound wall and a deep well built as part of an impressive temple constructed at a monumental cost by Raja Veer Singh Deva Bundela of Orchha, are still in existence today. While excavating this area, many old statues were found and these are now displayed in a museum here.
It is believed that Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the spiritual leader who founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism, came to Mathura, prayed and paid obeisance to Lord Krishna here. When this ardent devotee began to sing, dance and cry out the name of the Lord in exuberance, mesmerising the people around him, they joined him eagerly in chanting the Lord’s name.
The people of Mathura take great pride in the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi, one of the most frequently visited temples in India.