Mathura, the birth city of Lord Krishna, is situated on the banks of river Yamuna and is approximately 145 km from the capital city of Delhi. The town is renowned for being host to the most revered temple of Shri Krishna-the famous Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir. The temple is the place where the lord is said to have been born thousands of years ago. Along with the neighboring towns Govardhan, Nandgaon and Vrindavan, the area is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus.
Krishna Janmashtami is one of the main festivals of Mathura and Vrindavan. Raas Lila, the dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature in Mathura and Vrindavan. The celebrations that happen in these places are unique and people from all over the world gather to see the rituals and events and take part in the celebrations. Two most important aspects of the festival celebrated here are Jhulanotsav and Ghatas. Jhulanotsov is the ritual where people put out swings in the courtyard of their houses and temples, decorated with flowers and rangolis around to welcome Lord Krishna to their dwellings and to symbolize the cradling of the infant Krishna.