Govardhan Parvat is situated in Uttar Pradesh in the Mathura district. It is believed that Goverdhan Parvat was raised by Lord Krishna with his finger. Devotees from all over the world visit this location every day to perform the hill’s parikrama. There is always a lot of crowd around Govardhan Puja and Guru Purnima.
Govardhan Parikrama Distance
The total Goverdhan Parikrama distance is 21 km and takes 5 to 6 hours to complete. This parikrama is done in two ways: the big parikrama and the small parikrama. Devotees can do this parikrama at their convenience.
|Govardhan Parikrama Total Distance
Govardhan Parikrama Timings
To complete the Govardhan Parikrama (including Chhoti and Badi Parikrama), it will take 5 to 6 hours.
Govardhan village is located in the middle of the parikrama. Radhakund village is located in the north direction and Puchhari and Jatipura villages are in the south direction.
The parikrama that starts from Govardhan Daan Ghati Mandir via Anyur, Puchhari, Jatipura and back to Govardhan is called Badi Parikrama. Which is a 12 km distance.
Then the parikrama from Govardhan via Uddhav Kund, Radhakund and Kusum Sarovar and coming back to Govardhan is called Chhoti Parikrama. Which is a 9 km distance.
Govardhan Parikrama Map
Check this map if you plan to go to Goverdhan Parikrama. It makes your parikrama very easy and enhances your confidence.
Govardhan Parikrama Marg
Here, we have provided the step-by-step details of Govardhan Parikrama Marg. So, everyone can easily understand how to do the Goverdhan Parvat Parikrama.
Govardhan Parvat Badi Parikrama
1. Daan Ghati Mandir
Danghati Govardhan Temple is the starting point of the Govardhan Parikrama.
It is said that through this place all the Gopis of Braj used to go to pay the butter tax to King Kansa and it was here that the butter thief Kanha used to take donations of butter and curd along with his cowherd hair.
It was Kanha’s love that forced him to ask for Daan from his devotees. Due to this reason for taking Daan, it is known as Daanghati. This beautiful Leela has been described in the book Danakeli Kaumudi.
2. Sankarshan Kund
Moving ahead in Govardhan Parikrama, the next place is Sankarshan Kund, near which a very ancient temple of Dauji is also present.
It is believed that five thousand years ago, Lord Shri Krishna’s great-grandson Bajranabha was named Dauji. Lord Sankarshana is Dau Ji, whom we also know as Balram or Balabhadra.
3. Poonchhri ka Lautha
The next place is Poonchari’s Lotha. Poonchari ka Lotha is said to be the friend of Lord Shri Krishna. This place is small but its importance is very high. There is a belief in this place that every devotee must come here. Otherwise, the Goverdhan Parikrama is not considered complete.
It is believed that whoever comes here for the Parikrama of Goverdhan ji, all his wishes are fulfilled.
4. Shri Nath Ji Temple
Now the next place in Goverdhan Parikrama is Shri Nath Temple. This temple tells the story of the love of Radha and Krishna. To reach here, you will have to go over the hill of Giriraj Ji.
5. Indraman Bhang
This is the place where Devraj Indra came with his elephant Airavat and as its name suggests, this is the same place where Indra Dev’s honour was violated.
You will be surprised to know that the footprints of the Airavat elephant are still visible here. You can see these signs near the temple of Maan Bhang.
6. Jatipura Temple
Move forward to Goverthan Parikrama the next place is Jatipura Temple. It is believed that the face of Lord Krishna can be seen here. After reaching Jatipura, devotees offer Prasad because the Prasad of this temple is said to be of great importance during the parikrama.
Here you can see the faces of Shri Krishna and his elder brother Balram at the mouth point of Lord Giriraj ji. That is why there is a tradition of offering Chhappan Bhog here.
So, friends, this was the Govardhan Parikrama route of our Badi Parikrama (Daan Ghati Mandir to Jatipura Temple) of Govardhan Parvat, along with the religious beliefs related to it.
Govardhan Parvat Chhoti Parikrama
Now let’s start a Chhoti Parikrama of Govardhan Parvat and its importance and beliefs.
Chhoti Parikrama of Govardhan Parvat is 9 km. This Chhoti Parikrama starts after Jatipura Mukharbind. The first place of Chhoti Parikrama is Laxmi Narayan Mandir Govardhan.
1. Laxmi Narayan Mandir
When any wish is fulfilled, Dhudh ki Parikrama is started at this Lakshminarayan Govardhan temple. The Lakshminarayan god present in the temple is considered a symbol of wealth, happiness and prosperity.
All the devotees coming for the Govardhan Parvat Parikrama start the puja at Lakshmi Narayan temple before the parikrama.
2. Uddhava Kunda
On the Goverdhan Parikrama Chhoti Parikrama route, the next place is Uddhava Kunda, which is situated on the right side of the Parikrama Marg, just west of Govardhan.
This pond has been described very well in our Puranas. According to religious belief, Uddhav ji comfort the Mahishis of Dwarka at this place.
3. Radha Kund
Now the next spot in this Chhoti Parikrama is Radha Kund. The story of this Radha Kund Goverdhan is related to Shri Krishna’s cow grazing.
When Arishtasura came to know that Kanha used to come here, he reached here in the guise of a calf. When Arishtasura, who came in the guise of a calf, came forward to attack Shri Krishna, he killed the demon in the form of a calf.
4. Shyam Kunda
After Radha Kund, the next place is Shyam Kund. Shyam Kund is the same place where the Pandavas came during their exile.
When Shri Krishna dug a pond with his flute and took a bath in it to be free from the sin of cow slaughter, Radha ji also dug a pond nearby with her bracelet which is called Shyam Kund.
5. Kusum Sarovar
Kushum Sarovar is the next place after the Shyam Kund. It is located 2 km away from Goverdhan in Mathura. It is 60 feet deep and 450 feet long. There are many mythological stories related to Kusum Sarovar, one of which is related to Radha Krishna.
It is said that Lord Krishna used to come to this place secretly to meet Radha Rani. Radha Rani and her friend used to go to Kusum Sarovar to pick flowers for Shri Krishna.
The beauty of Kusum Sarovar is very attractive. There are stairs around Kusum Sarovar Govardhan. Its beauty itself attracts people to this place. The people living here believe that this lake contains Paras stone and Nagmani, due to which this lake is called mysterious.
6. Kaan Wale Baba
The temple of Kaan Wale Baba, which is on the way to Chhoti Parikrama, is very famous. Stories of the miracles of the temple are famous throughout Braj.
This temple is home to Giriraj Ji, who has a remarkable stone ear. Devotees come to this temple while doing parikrama and whisper their wishes in the ears of Giriraj Ji Maharaj.
7. Mansi Ganga
The Chhoti Parikrama ends at Mansi Ganga Mukharbind. Mansi Ganga is situated in the middle of Govardhan village. While doing Parikrama, Mansi Ganga falls on the right side, while while returning from Poonchari, we see it on the left side.
The story of Ganga becoming Mansi Ganga is such that once Nand Baba, Yashoda and all the Braj residents decided to take a bath in the Ganga, they started their journey.
By the time everyone reached Goverdhan, it was already evening. Nand Ji thought of making his resting place there to spend the night.
While spending the night here, the thought came to Shri Krishna’s mind that all the places of pilgrimage reside in Brajdham, but the people of Braj are unaware of its great glory.
As soon as such a thought came to Shri Krishna’s mind, Ganga Ji appeared in her mental form at the foothills of Giriraj Ji. In the morning, when the people of Braj saw Ganga Ji in the Giriraj foothills, they were all surprised.
Seeing everyone surprised, Shri Krishna said that all the pilgrims of the three worlds come here to serve Brajbhoomi and you all are leaving Braj to take a bath in the Ganga.
This is the reason why Mother Ganga herself has arrived here in the form of Mansi Ganga on the Amavasya date of Kartik month.
Rules of Govardhan Parikrama
You need to know the rules of performing Govardhan Parikrama.
- Before starting the Parikrama of Govardhan, first offer respects to Mount Govardhan and end the Parikrama at the same place from where you started.
- It is believed that whoever wants to start the parikrama must take a bath in the Mansi Ganga.
- Also, keep in mind that you should never leave the parikrama incomplete in the middle.
Best Time For Govardhan Parikrama
Usually, visitors do the parikrama barefoot so it can be done during the daytime in December to March and April to November in the nighttime. As the temperature increases in Uttar Pradesh during summer.
Things to Remember while doing Govardhan Parikrama
- Do not underestimate the power of the Vraj region’s monkeys. They used to snatch over spectacles and food items. You can also find other people offering them some food packets in return for their spectacles!
- Give a try to the luscious Lassi of Vraj Bhumi. By the way, how can you forget the lassi when you’re at the Makhanchor’s place!
- Feel every moment of that place. Definitely, you’ll find extreme peace, relaxation and infinite happiness.
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