Mathura Meets Vrindavan attempts to recreate something of the mood of reading an ancient palm leaf manuscript by illustrating the pages in the traditional Orissan style of art known as pata-citra. Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami liked pata-citra art, and as a boy he grew up reading from palm leaf books. To illustrate his lectures included in this volume, the editors have commissioned more than one hundred original pata-citra paintings. The ecstatic love for Krishna possessed by the residents of Vrindavan far excels that found in any other place. When Krishna suddenly departed for Mathura He plunged the Vrajabasis into an ocean of sorrow. What was His purpose of leaving? What happened when His messenger Uddhava arrived in Vraja with a message of love? And, most of all, how is it that Krishna never leaves Vrindavan?