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MATHURA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] An ancient and celebrated city on the right bank of the Yamuna, surviving in the modern Muttra. It was the birthplace of Krishna and one of the seven sacred cities. The Vishnu Purana states that it was originally called Madhu or Madhuvana, from the demon Madhu, who reigned there, but that when Lavana, his son and successor, was killed by Satrughna, the conqueror set up his own rule there and built a city which he called Madhura or Mathura.

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