Mathura, 2019.04.29 (VT): Potra Kund, the ancient pond located near Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex in Mathura will be given Rs. 5 crore facelift under the government’s HRIDAY Yojana scheme for protection and revitalization of heritage cities.
National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India on January 21, 2015. The scheme focuses on the holistic development of heritage cities by encouraging aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative and secured environments.
Potra Kund is a large stepwell that marks the place where mother Devaki washed Shri Krishna’s clothes (potra). It is believed that worshipping the pond washes away one’s impurities and sins. The Yamuna River, which flows 3 KM away, feeds the kund through a network of underground pipes. The site is protected by locked railings.
As part of the restoration drive, the kund will be filled with clean and fresh water. Tourists will be able to take boat rides in the pond while enjoying the musical fountain with dynamic lighting which will be installed shortly. Plastering and painting work has been completed.
In 2017, Potra Kund was chosen to be featured on UP government’s official tourist map along with eight other Kunds of Braj including Davanal Kund, Govind Kund, Harji Kund, Narad Kund, Madhusudan Kund, Vihval Kund, Priya Kund and Vrishabhanu Kund.
The nine kunds selected by the government were supposed to get an elegant makeover, with sandstone gateways and stairs (ghats) on all four sides of each lake. Amenities such as a rest area with fresh drinking water and bathroom facilities were also planned at each site, along with gazebos and stone benches under tree shades.
Potra Kund was originally a natural pond. It was built in its present form by the Scindia kings in 1839. The enclosure has several rooms and broad stairs leading to the base. At one point in time, the pond was naturally fed by underground sources, which have now dried up. The site is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.