MUTTRA, or Mathura, a city and district of British India in the Agra division of the United Provinces.
Muttra has suffered more from Mahommedan plunder than most towns of northern India.
Formerly nearly the whole of Muttra consisted of pasture and woodland, but the roads constructed as relief works in1837-1838have thrown open many large tracts of country, and the task of reclamation has since proceeded rapidly.
The central portion of Muttra district forms one of the most sacred spots in Hindu mythology.
Here Krishna and his brother Balarama fed their cattle upon the plain; and numerous relics of antiquity in the towns of Muttra, Gobardhan, Gokul, Mahaban and Brindaban still attest the sanctity with which this holy tract was invested.