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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular things to buy in Mathura?

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When you’re travelling to a holy city, you have the aim of a higher spiritual awareness on your mind. But for some of us, indulging in material pleasure like shopping is a spiritual experience in itself! Mathura may not have cliched, swanky malls to cater to the metropolitan shopper in you, but it does have some local delights, those perfect little gifts that you can buy for yourself or as souvenirs. The popular local items that you could buy are:

  • Pede

    Mathura is often believed to be synonymous with Mathura ke Pede, a special sweet made from khoya (made from thickening milk), cardamom, pure ghee and a handy helping of sugar, almost a crossover between besanki barfi and laddoos. This is a dry dish, so you can easily carry it in boxes for back home. Pede are also offered as prasad at various temples (except the ISKCON temple) across the city, so you really won’t miss these while you’re here. Available at almost every sweet shop across the town, the pede of Brijwasi Sweet Shop and Radhika Sweets is considered to be more popular.

    Brijwasi Sweet Shop (Various Outlets in Mathura)

    Holi Gate: +91-565-2406609
    Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi: +91-565-2424159
    Chowk Bazar: +91-565-2406569
    Bus Stand: +91-565-2463010
    BCPL Complex Near Oil Refinery: +91-565-2480725
    Hari Nikunj Chowraha, Vrindavan: +91-565-2444266
    Sonk Tiraha, Goverdhan: +91-565-2812233
    Official Website:
    http://www.brijwasi.co.in

    Radhika Sweets

    Sonkh Road
    Mathura
    UP
    India

  • Clothes for Deities, Rudraksha Malas, etc

    So the aura of spirituality has infected you and you want to embody its rituals and principles? Buy some beautiful rudraksha malas, ideal for chanting and meditating. If you want to bring your favourite deity home, buy some beautiful idols of Krishna, in his various avatars, especially when he plays the flute with his favourite consort, Radha. And once you’ve bought these intricately carved idols either in brass, clay or ashtadhatu (made of 8 elements), buy colourful, bright clothes for your favourite deities. Ranging from the lord’s childhood to adulthood, there are shops in Mathura that sell clothes in different sizes and for various occasions. One such shop is the Radha Madhav Shringar Kendra in Vrindavan, which sells ornaments and decorative items for you puja ghar.

    Radha Madhav Shringar Kendra
    Near Radha Sneh Bihari Temple
    Dusyat Para
    Vrindavan, Mathura
    Uttar Pradesh
    India


Most temples have their own little market around them, selling offerings for the deities and stuff that you can carry back home. Most popular of these are the ones in Vrindavan, especially near the Bankey Bihari Temple, which caters to both the devotee and tourist in you. Go back home with a free mind, a lighter pocket and a happily heavier bag - recipe for a perfect holiday, isn’t it?

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