The Brijbhumi Mathura :

Mathura is one of the significant districts of state of Uttar Pradesh in India. It is considered as one of the most sacred places in India. It



is famously known as Krishna Janmabhoomi, the birth place of Lord Krishna. According to the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana, Mathura was founded by Shatrughna in the Treta Yuga. Shatrughna was the younger brother of Lord Rama. Later Mathura was ruled by King Kama, who was the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna.

According to the Hindu mythologies, King Kamsa came to know about a divine prophecy. The prophecy told of Kamsa being slain by his sister Devki’s eighth son Krishna. Kamsa immediately imprisoned Devki and her husband Vasudeva. He kept on killing one by one all their children.

When Lord Krishna was born, a miracle happened, all the guards went to sleep and the prison gates opened up. Vasudeva then carried the newborn baby to safety by crossing the wild Yamuna river in midnight. Lord Krishna grew up as a divine personality and finally killed tyrant Kamsa and became the ruler of Mathura. This is how the divine prophecy came true.

Vrindavan is one of the most holy places in Mathura. It is the place where Lord Krishna spent most of his childhood. This place is associated with numerous myths and legends. There are several ancient as well as modern temples and shrines in Vrindavan which are visited by thousands of devotees from different parts of India as well as different parts of the world throughout the year.

One of the most significant temples in Vrindavan is the large temple complex, which is located in the heart of Mathura. This temple is home to several smaller temples and also consists of an old prison in which Kamsa imprisoned Devki and Vasudeva. Lord Krishna was born in this prison and several devotees stand in a long queue to see this prison.

Vishram Ghat is another place of significance in Mathura. This is the place where Lord Krishna took a rest after killing Kamsa.

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Matsya Avatar The Fish Incarnation by Lord Vishnu :

According to the ancient Hindu mythologies, the Matsya Avatar was the first out of ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. In this avatar he is described as having lower part of his body of a fish and upper part of his body like that of a man. He has four arms, with one holding a conch-shell, another holding a wheel and rest of the two hands are in the position of boon giving and protection.

Matsya Avtaar

Matsya Avtaar

The Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu has been described in Matsya Purana. According to this purana, there used to be a king named Satyavrata of pre-ancient Dravida. He was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Satyavrata later comes to be known as Manu. One day while he was washing hands in a river, a small fish swam into his hands and asked him to save his life. He put that fish in a jar, but the fish soon grew big and Satyavrata had to move him to a tank.

But the fish didn’t stop growing big and then from the tank he had to move him to a river, from river to ocean but to no avail. Finally the fish revealed itself to Manu as Lord Vishnu and told him that soon there will be a flood within seven days, which will destroy all life forms. He instructed Manu to build a giant boat and take all medicinal herbs, different varieties of seeds along with seven saints, serpent Vasuki and other animals. Manu does what he is told by Lord Vishnu and is saved from the flood.

Although the Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu has no temples and has no major independent representation in literature and art, but this form of Lord Vishnu remains significant for several reasons. This form of Lord Vishnu saves Manu from the flood and destruction. The Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu establishes a prototype for other incarnations of Lord that follows.

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