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Ghats, Mathura Overview

Vishram Ghat is a revered and sacred bathing ghat located at about 4.5 kilometres from Mathura Junction on the banks of River Yamuna. It is the main ghat of Mathura and is central to 25 other ghats. Pilgrims from all over the country visit Vishram Ghat to bathe in its holy waters and perform the traditional parikrama that starts and ends here. Vishram means rest and it is named so because Lord Krishna rested at this place after killing Kansa, the evil demon king. This is the reason why a pilgrimage to Mathura is incomplete without a visit to Vishram Ghat and the temples dotting it.

There are 12 ghats to the north of Vishram Ghat and 12 ghats to the south of it positioning it in the centre. The parikrama is the circumambulation of all the chief religious places of Mathura. Vishram Ghat displays a beautiful spectacle during evenings at the time of evening prayers and aarti. Devotees float oil lamps and diyas on paan leaves into the adjoining Yamuna River. Devotees perform other rituals such as pind pradaan and other Pooja on this ghat too, along with taking the holy dip. The ghat witnesses heavy crowd on the occasion of Bhaidooj, popularly known as Yam Dwitiya, which falls on the second day after Diwali. On this day, brothers and sisters take a holy dip in the Yamuna River on this ghat. Another one of the top activities to do on Vishram Ghat is to indulge in the boat ride, which helps you soak in the serenity of the soul-soothing Yamuna River.

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Vishram Ghat Aarti Timings

Aarti at Vishram Ghat is held every morning and evening. The view is spectacular in the evening when the grand Aarti takes place with big diyas and oil lamps. Devotees float the oil lamps and diyas on the water, which reflects on the clear water that sparkles and projects a mesmerizing view. The timings of Aarti are - 

Summers: Morning Aarti from 7:00 AM to 7:15 AM, Evening Aarti at 7:00 PM 
Winters: Morning Aarti from 6:45 AM to 7:00 AM, Evening Aarti at 7:00 PM

Evening aarti is something that you cannot miss. Since it lasts only for 15 minutes, make sure you are able to behold that beautiful sight. Carry your camera along to capture the essence of it. 

Boat Ride at Vishram Ghat

A boat ride in Vishram Ghat is one of the top things to do in the city because it is an experience that helps you discover a different side to the city of Mathura and helps you capture scenic views of the River Yamuna. During the ride, you can view the entire stretch of the ghat. 

There are a variety of boats available, all at different rates and one can negotiate the prices. Bargaining with the sellers is important, or else the boat ride turns into an expensive affair. Personal boats can be slightly expensive. You can also choose to take the boat ride in the evening and watch the aarti from the boat itself. 

How To Reach Vishram Ghat

Vishram Ghat is located about 4 kilometers from Mathura junction. One can reach the ghat directly from the station by taking public transport such as auto-rickshaws, buses or taxis. It takes about 10 minutes to reach the ghat. From all other points, you can take any local transport that will drop you directly to the ghat. Private hired vehicles are a convenient option. 

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