Mathura is a pious city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh which has been selected as one of the heritage cities for Indian Governments Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme. Mathura is considered to be a holy city as it was the birthplace of Lord Krishna. It is one of the seven cities included in the sapta Puri, where, according to the beliefs of Hinduism, Moksha or salvation can be attained. The city with 4 lakh residents now used to be a thriving hub of trade and commerce earlier for its strategic location at the junction of important caravan routes. The twin-city of Mathura and Vrindavan hold great historic and religious importance. Being the birthplace and hometown of Lord Krishna, this city is dotted with innumerable temples and thus attract a lot of Hindu devotees from all over the country. Tourism drives the economy of this city, closely followed by the Mathura Refinery, an oil refinery of Indian Oil Corporation. The city boasts of its aesthetic culture and traditions. sanjhee is the colorful art of decorating the ground with flowers. The city is known for its traditional folk-songs that express the love of Lord Krishna and Radha. The Raaslilas of Mathura are an integral part of Indian Folklore.
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