Rangeshwar Mahadev Temple is a beautiful stone temple that is situated in the southern part of Mathura. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva as it has the Shivalinga that was worshipped by King Kamsa, maternal uncle of Lord Krishna. In this temple, Lord Shiva is referred as Rangeshwar Mahadev. It is also believed that Lord Shiva is the protector of Mathura city. Hence, this temple was built. The temple is full of beautiful paintings from the Hindu mythology and is an amazing example of Hindu architecture.
It is said that Kamsa conspiring to kill Lord Shri Krishna and Balram had arranged for Akrur to bring them from Nand-Gokul to Mathura on the pretext of sightseeing Mathura. Kamsa had built a wrestling arena called “Rangashala”. On the day before the wrestling match, he offered pooja to Lord Shiva in this temple. On Shivratri, the wrestling match was organised and Lord Shri Krishna killed Kamsa. On seeing this, Lord Shiva has become overjoyed. Thus, Lord Shiva got the name as “Shri Rangeshwar Mahadev” and the temple is known as Rangeshwar Mahadev Temple. Every year on Kartika Shukla Dasami, a day before devottana Ekadasi, the Chamber community organises a festival in which a 30 foot Kamsa will be killed by Lord Shri Krishna.
Rangeshwar Mahadev Temple Mathura
Though one can stay in the Dharamshala of Rangeshwar Mahadev Temple in Mathura, it may not be a luxurious one. Hence, one can book their accommodation in various hotels that are available in the Mathura city according to your budget. Some of the hotels and tour advisors offer a packaged tours where all these are covered. Hence, you can concentrate on the main purpose of your visit the spiritualism. Of course, pets are not allowed and being a spiritual centre, cameras and mobiles are not allowed. In most of the temples, locker rooms are available where you can keep your valuables and take them back once you complete pooja. Also, beware of monkeys that are trained to steal your valuables from you.