Images of India – The Ghats at Mathura

The Ghats at Mathura

It was cold, rainy, and almost dark when we arrived at the Vishram Ghat at the ancient city of Mathura. I managed two shots and then back through the crowded streets to the hotel. Truly a place where time has stood still.

Situated on the banks of the Yumuna River, the city has a long and storied history. First mentioned in the oldest Indian epic, the Ramayana, Mathura is the birthplace of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna. During ancient times the city was an important trade hub being located along caravan routes. According to the Mahabharata and Bhagavata Purana epics, Mathura was the capital of the kingdom ruled by Kansa the maternal uncle of Shri Krishna.

In the late 15th and early 16th centuries many of the city’s Hindu temples were destroyed by Muslims and replaced with mosques. Many of the razed temples have since been rebuilt, but today there is considerable tension in Mathura between Hindus and Muslims.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 21 Comments

    1. Thank you Tina and thanks for visiting.

  1. It’s like an oil painting. Stunning shot!

    Thanks for sharing the short story of Mathura. I love Mahabharata and Ramayana stories. 🙂

    1. Thank you Inge. My wife was a world literature teacher so I have a good tutor.

  2. this is a stunning, mouth-wide-open-in-awe kind of picture. That’s how I stand in front of it right now. Whowwww!

    1. Thank you so much for the mouth-wide-open-in-awe kind of comment. 🙂

    1. Thank you Patricia and thank you for visiting.

  3. Beautiful shot, Ron — love the detail of the buildings!

    1. Thanks Neely. Given the lighting conditions I was more than happy.

  4. Really beautiful Ron ,Thanks for sharing my friend 🙂

    1. Thank you Jake and thanks for stopping by.

  5. Thank u for making it look so amazing, I never thought it could look so great ……..I love this spot have been living here since birth , Thank u from heart and hope you find Mathura a nice place

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Mathura was lovely. I only wish I had more time to spend there. We also visited Vrindivan.

      1. my pleasure dear friend ………..hope u visit again…….

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