The Yamunās Twenty-four Ghāṭas (from Sri Vraja Mandal Parikrama book by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaj)
In Mathurā, Śrī Yamunā flows in a crescent shape. Viśrāma Ghāṭa is situated in the centre. On her southern side lie the following twelve ghāṭas: (1) Avimukta Tīrtha, (2) Guhya Tīrtha, (3) Prayāga Tīrtha, (4) Kankhala Tīrtha, (5) Tinduka Tīrtha, (6) Sūrya Tīrtha, (7) Baṭa Svāmī Tīrtha, (8) Dhruva Tīrtha, (9) Ṛṣi Tīrtha, (10) Mokṣa Tīrtha, (11) Koṭi Tīrtha and (12) Bodhi Tīrtha. The following twelve ghāṭas lie on her northern side: (13) Nava Tīrtha (Asī Tīrtha), (14) Saṁyamana Tīrtha, (15) Dhārāpattana Tīrtha, (16) Nāga Tīrtha, (17) Ghaṇṭā-Bharaṇaka Tīrtha, (18) Brahma Tīrtha, (19) Soma Tīrtha, (20) Sarasvatī-Patana Tīrtha, (21) Cakra Tīrtha, (22) Dasāśvamedha Tīrtha, (23) Vighnarāja Tīrtha and (24) Koṭī Tīrtha.
All the principal tīrthas of India, even Tīrtharāja Prayāga, worship Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa on the banks of Śrī Yamunā Mahārānī, and do so under her shelter. Especially during Cāturmāsya, these tīrthas all come here to perform their worship.
1. Avimukta Tīrtha
Here, Kāśī Viśvanātha Mahādeva himself performs ārādhana of Bhagavān. Those who take bath in this tīrtha or who leave their body here very easily become free from material existence and reach the dhāma of Bhagavān.
2. Guhya Tīrtha
By taking bath here one is liberated from the cycle of birth and death and attains bhagavat-loka, the planet of Bhagavān.
3. Prayāga Tīrtha
Tīrtharāja Prayāga, the king of the tīrthas, worships Bhagavān here. Veṇī Mādhava of Prayāga is eternally present at this place. Those who take bath here receive the result of performing all the yajñas headed by the agniṣṭoma-yajña and attain Vaikuṇṭha Dhāma.
4. Kankhala Tīrtha
Mahādeva and Pārvatī are always devotedly worshipping Śrī Hari at this tīrtha. Just as Mahādeva Śaṅkara bestowed mercy upon Prajāpati Dakṣa and liberated him from material existence, so one who bathes at this tīrtha will attain Brahma-loka.
5. Tinduka Tīrtha
This tīrtha is also named Guhya Tīrtha. By taking bath here one attains bhagavad dhāma, the abode of Bhagavān. Nearby is Daṇḍī Ghāṭa, where Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu took bath and captivated everyone by His dancing and saṅkīrtana. Nowadays, this ghāṭa is also called Bengālī Ghāṭa.
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Situated near Viśrāma Ghāṭa, on the eastern side of Mathurā Purī, Pīpaleśvara Mahādeva always protects Mathurā Kṣetra. He is one of Mathurās four kṣetra-pālas (area-protectors). Thereafter, one can have darśana of Veṇī Mādhava, Rāmeśvara, Dāūjī, Madana-Mohana, Tinduka Tīrtha, Sūrya Ghāṭa and Dhruva Ṭīlā. Then, on Sapta-ṛṣi Ṭīlā one can have the sacred darśana of Atri, Marīci, Kratu, Aṅgīrā, Gautama, Vaśiṣṭha and Pulastya Ṛṣi. These seven (sapta) ṛṣis reside in Mathurā Dhāma at this place, performing their worship of Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa.