Govardhan Parikrama is a famous pilgrimage center for Hindus. In this parikrama, Govardhan Parvat is circled which is about 21 kilometers. This Govardhan pilgrimage site is located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, District Mathura. Govardhan Parvat is also known as Giriraj. The purpose of this parikrama is to get the blessings of Lord Krishna. It is the sacred center of Braj and is recognized as a natural form of Lord Krishna himself. This mountain is made of small sand stones. The length of this mountain is 8 km. is. This place is a very important pilgrimage center in Hinduism. This parikrama is done throughout the year. Devotees come from all the states of India to do the parikrama, but in North India, this parikrama is very famous, so most of the devotees come from North India. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to complete this parikrama.
Govardhan Parikrama is divided into two parts. Which is called small parikrama and big parikrama. The small parikrama is about 9 kilometers and the large parikrama is about 12 kilometers. Many devotees perform both these parikrama on different days as well. This parikrama is doing in the major festivals of Govardhan Puja, Guru Purnima and Saavan, on these days, about 5 to 6 lakh devotees do a day of parikrama. The devotees speak Radhe-Radhe while doing the parikrama, due to which the whole atmosphere becomes radhamye.
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