Located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura has always been one of the most popular destinations for pilgrimage for the devotees of Lord Krishna. Culturally and religiously significant, Lord Krishna was born in Mathura and spent his childhood days in Vrindavan, a place that boasts of more than 5000 temples. Mathura is considered as one of the holiest places for pilgrimage in the Hindu religion. Mathura and Vrindavan are the culturally glorious cities that showcase the life of Krishna. Mathura holds its significance dating back to the times of Ramayana. It is especially popular because of the Dwarkadheesh temple. This is a shrine that was built in the 19th century. Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple is the exact location where Lord Krishna was born.
The holy Yamuna river flows through Mathura and Vrindavan. It is considered as one of India’s most sacred rivers. Krishna’s life is closely related to the Yamuna. The Kesi Ghat found on the banks of the holy Yamuna river is the scene where Krishna slayed the Kesi demon, thereby saving his friends from sure peril. The Hindu ritual for the deceased named Asthi Visarjan needs the flowing waters of a holy river for it to be conducted according to Hindu sacred scriptures and religious epics. This is because the Hindu ritual for the dearly departed calls for the ashes and bones of the deceased to be immersed and scattered in the flowing waters so that the person’s soul can attain moksha or salvation. Asthi Visarjan in the Yamuna river has always been a preferred choice among many followers of the Hindu religion. It is said that whoever bathes in this river gets the spiritual benefits of bathing in any type of holy river.
The most popular destinations for Asthi Visarjan in Mathura are Vishranti Tirth, Bodhini Tirth, and Vayu Tirth. The scriptures mention that the one who bathes in the waters gets to stay in the realms of Lord Vishnu. The rituals are very important to give peace to the departed souls.