The land where shri krishna was born and spent
his youth, has today little towns and hamlets
that are still alive with the krishna legend and
still redolent with the music of his flute.
Covering an area of about 3800 sq.km, today
Brajbhoomi can be divided into two distinct
units - the eastern part in the trans-yamuna
tract with places like Gokul, Mahavan, Baldeo,
Raman Reti and western side of Yamuna covering
the Mathura region that encompasses Vrindavan,
Goverdhan, Kusum Sarovar, Barsana, Nandgaon
Radha Kund etc.
It was here that Lord Krishna was brought up in
secrecy by his faster mother "Yashoda", in the
pastoral beauty of this village on the banks of
River Yamuna. Gokul attained importance during
the time of Vallabhacharya when it became a
major center of the Bhakti cult. The celebration
of "Janmashtami" is unparalled for its gaiety.
Other festivals celebrated include janmahotsav,
Annakut, and the Trinavat Mala. The important
shrines are Gokulnath temple, Vithalnath temple,
Dauji Temple, Madan Mohan temple, Dwarikanath
temple, Balkrishna temple, Raj Thakur temple,
Gopal lalji temple and morwala temple.
Lying on the left bank of the river Yamuna, the
town is associated with the lord Krishna's
childhood. The most sacred temple are the
impressive "Mathura Nathji" temple and the
khambha" temple built in buddhist architectural
style. Other important shrine includes the
Shyamlalji temple, Yogmaya temple, Tranairatri
temple and the Mahamall Raiji's palace.
The town derives its name from the famous Dauji
temple dedicated to "Balram", the elder brother
of Lord Krishna. The main image in the sanctum
is that of Baldeo with his spause "Ravati". Near
by is "Kshir Sagar" kund.
A sacred Hindu pilgrimage place famous for the
playground of childhood of Lord Krishna and
other conjugal offair with Radha(consort). Here
is a beautiful Ashram of "Kashni Guru
A famous place of Hindu pilgrimage, Goverdhan is
located on a narrow sandstone hill known as "Giriraj".
This is the place where Lord Krishna held aloft
"Giriraj Parvat" to shield the people of Braj
rom the wrath of Lord Indra. The important
shrine here is "Daanghati Temple". There is also
a large masonry tank known as the "Mansi Ganga",
which is belived to have been brought into
existence by the operation of the diving will.
The exquisitely carved chhatris-the cenotaphs of
the royal family of Bharatpur. The chhatri of
Raja Surajmal and Baldev have beautiful frescos,
depicting darbar, hunting scenes royal
processions and wars.
Birth lace of sri Radha Rani or Ladliji,
Krishna's beloved and consort was previously
known as "Brahmsarin", temples dedicated to the
divine couple ornament the four elevations of
the hill. The most beautiful temple here is the
"Ladliji temple", "Prem sarovar" a small lake is belived to the place where Lord Krishna and
Radha met for the first tim e. Other attractions
includes Man Mandir, Mor Kutir temple, Roop
Sagar, Jal Mahal, and Sankari-khar. Barsana is
also famous for its "Lathmar-Holi"-celebrations
of the festival of colors that are unique.
Nandgaon was the home of "shri Nandji" lord
Krishna's foster father. The spacious "Nandrai
temple" stands atop a hillock. Pan sarover, one
of the four celebrated lakes of Braj bhoomi,
where according to legend, Lord Krishna used to
water his herd. The other shrine Narsingha,
Gopinath, Nritya Gopal, Girdhari, Nand Nandan,
Yasodha Nandan and Kadamb Kunj.