Muttra a sacred town of the Hindus, is the capital of a district of the same name, ninety-seven miles southsouth-east of Delhi, on the right bank of the Jumna. Access is had to the river — which is considered by the Hindus to have special sanctity — by numerous ghats, ornamented with little temples; and its banks are every morning and evening crowded by devotees of all ages and both sexes to perform their religious exercises. In Hindu mythology it is regarded as the birthplace of Krishna (q.v.). In honor of the monkey-god Hanuman, monkeys are here protected and fed, being allowed to swarm everywhere. There are also a great number of sacred bulls at large without owners.

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