Mathura Mandala:
Sacrality, Spatiality and Landscape Geometry

Rana P. B. Singh and Alpana Srivastava
Dept.of Geography, Banaras Hindu Univ.
Varanasi,UP 221005, India

( ) As one among the sacred cities, Mathura together with Vrindavana forms a we$ routes. The basic coordinates of pilgrimage mandala,i.e. sacred space, sacred time, sacred number and sacred rituals, altogether converge into a complex and cosmological frame. The location of 73 holy sites in the Mathura Mandala (- a great territory), 33 holy sites in Mathura, and 42 holy sites in Vrindavana, and the associated pilgrimage journeys and rituals support the formation of mandala and its faithscape. Like other sacred cities, in Mathura Mandala too, all the pan-Indian sacred cities and sites are spatially manifested; that is how the hierophany and ordering are maintained.

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