Of all the mythological origin stories of India’s Hindu gods, Krishna arguably has the most exciting one. Born in a dark prison cell on a stormy night in Mathura, Krishna was foretold to end the reign of the tyrant king Kansa, his maternal uncle. His father took Krishna to nearby Vrindavan to save his life, and the god child grew up to be mischievous, loving, brave and wise. Krishna eventually returned to the place of his birth, engaging in an epic duel with Kansa to free his parents from imprisonment. Savior versus tyrant, god versus demon, good versus evil; the place where this battle took place is called Rangbhoomi, and you can still see it today in modern-day Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. ALSO READ: These Mathura Photos Give You A Glimpse Of Life In Shri Krishna’s Birthplace
Surprisingly, Rangbhoomi today is more closely associated with Buddhism. The place was built by the legendary Mauryan king and patron of Buddhism, Ashoka, who built plenty of Buddhist monuments and buildings in the 3rd century BC. When the sun set on the Mauryan Empire, many of these monuments fell as well. Sikandar Lodhi, Mahmud Ghazni, Aurangzeb and many others destroyed various shrines in Mathura, including Buddhist ones around the Rangbhoomi. Still, the place continues to attract thousands of devotees, both Hindu and Buddhist. Visit this place and imagine the battles that took place on the wrestling arena millennia ago, and the prayers and chants that could be heard across the land centuries later.
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