Govardhan Parikrama

By Sanjeev Nayyar [email protected] | 2009

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Left Vrindavan at 5am, took a share a auto to reach Govardhan by 6.30ish. From there took a cycle rickshaw to this temple from where the parikrama starts. The parikrama has two parts. One is Govardhan to Govardhan and two is Govardhan to Radha Kund and back. I started at 7am and finished by 2.30ish.

It is a plan road walk no steep climbs. It rained virtually all through the parikrama. You see Govind Kund. There are shops all along the route.

Key place in parikrama part one is Mukharvind. It is at this point that Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain.

A particular point of the mountain is considered sacred where devotees do Abhishek ie what you see devotees doing.

Another view of devotees doing Abhishek. Devotees also offer Jalebi to the Lord and distribute thereafter.

This is the entrance to the temple where Shrinathji resided before Aurangzeb''s invasion forced the temple caretakers to transfer the icon to Nathdwara in Rajasthan (close to Udaipur).

Part two of the parikrama is to holy Radha Kund that you see. Five hundred years ago the six Goswamis of Vrindavana namely; Srila Rupa, Sanatana, Gopala Bhatta, Raghunatha dasa and Jiva also revealed through their teachings that of all the holy places within the universe, Radha-kunda should be considered to be the holiest of them all.

Just next to the Radha Kund is the Shyam Kund. Both are kunds are well maintained and water is clean.

You see Kusum Sarovar. First made by Raja Bir Singh of Orchha in 1619. The structure was improved in 1723 by Surajmal, then ruler of Bharatpur. His son Jawahar Singh made Chhatris in 1768.

A closer view of the Chhatris.

You see Mansiganga. According to tradition Lord Krishna used his flute to get water at this point. As you can see the tank is quite big.

This is the temple at Mansiganga.

Inside the temple you see devotees worshipping Lord Krishna.