Keshav Dev Ji Temple, often referred as Kesava Deo Temple, is a famous Hindu temple, situated in Mathura, India. Mathura is a city of U.P. state, north India. The Hindu temple Keshav Dev Ji temple is birthplace of Hindu’s god, Lord Krishna. The Keshav Dev Ji Temple is also known as a Krishna janmabhoomi as it is located besides the main Krishna janmabhoomi complex. Shree Krishna is the deity of the Keshav Dev Ji temple. According to traditions the actual deity was installed by great-grandson of Krishna, Bajranabh, about 5000 years ago.
History of Krishna Birth :
The legend king Kansa was the ruler of Mathura, and his peoples were utterly terrified to him. As per the Hindu rituals, on the day of his sister’s, Devaki’s, marriage an akashvani or voice from the sky was heard predicting that Devaki’s 8th Son would be destroying Kansa. The startled Kansa immediately pulled out his sword for killing Devaki, but Vasudeva, Devaki’s husband, intervened and begged Kansa for bride’s life, and committed to hand over every new born child to him. Kansa agreed but imprisoned both Devaki and her husband Vasudeva. And, at ashtami’s midnight, the divine baby, Lord Krishna, was born in prison of Kansa.
The Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple is believed to mark the spot where Sri Krishna was born. ‘Janmabhoomi’ literally means birth place and the prison cell, where Lord Krishna was born, has been converted to a beautifully decorated temple. It is one of the most visited temple’s in Mathura.
Keshav Dev, one of the thousand names of Lord Krishna, is the main deity of this ancient temple. This temple depicts an interesting story stating many destructions and constructions.