Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India

🇮🇳 Mathura is a city and the administrative headquarters of Mathura district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located approximately 57.6 km (35.8 mi) north of Agra, and 166 km (103 mi) south-east of Delhi; about 14.5 km (9.0 mi) from the town of Vrindavan, and 22 km (14 mi) from Govardhan. In ancient times, Mathura was an economic hub, located at the junction of important caravan routes.

In Hinduism, Mathura is birthplace of Krishna, which is located at the Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex. It is one of the Sapta Puri, the seven cities considered holy by Hindus. The Kesava Deo Temple was built in ancient times on the site of Krishna's birthplace (an underground prison). Mathura was the capital of the kingdom of Surasena, ruled by Kansa, the maternal uncle of Krishna. Janmashtami is grandly celebrated in Mathura every year.

Mathura has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.

Industries Mathura Refinery located in the city is one of the biggest oil refineries of Asia with 8.0 million tonnes per year refining capacity. This oil refinery of the Indian Oil Corporation is a highly technologically advanced oil refinery and provides local employment opportunities. The refinery had undertaken projects to upgrade its diesel and gasoline units for bringing down Sulphur level by nearly 80 percent

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Mathura has a population of over 441,900 people. Mathura also forms the centre of the wider Mathura district which has a population of over 2,547,184 people.

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