Govardhan Hill Mathura (Prikrama, Timings, Temples to visit, Images, Location)

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As a result, all of his devotees worship the hill’s pristine rocks in the same way that they adore his idol. The sandstone hill stands 80 feet tall and has a radius of 38 kilometres. Mansi Ganga, Mukharvind, and Daan Ghati are some of the great sites to explore in the hills.

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Govardhan Hill Story

According to mythology, when Lord Krishna was a youngster, he raised the Govardhan Hill on one finger to save his village of Mathura from heavy downpours and thunderstorms. As a result, this hill is revered as holy, and worshipers walked 23 kilometres barefoot around the hill on Guru Purnima and Govardhan Puja in devotion. Lord Krishna told everyone to worship the hill after he defended the village, that’s why Govardhan hill is famous & Govardhan Puja is celebrated after Diwali. It’s a peaceful location that you should surely see!

How did Govardhan Hill Get Its Name?

Govardhan Hill Mathura has two meanings. The sacred cow is known in Hindi as ‘Gau’ (Go), and the shelter where cows are kept is known as ‘Vardhan.’ The cows give birth in a shelter where they may eat grass, drink water, and rest.

In Sanskrit, however, ‘Go’ means senses and ‘Vardhan’ means control, implying that it is a place where one can keep one’s thoughts under control and offer one’s life for Lord Krishna’s salvation.

Govardhan Hill Images

Take a look at some of the Govardhan Parvat Original Photos Here-

Sites at Govardhan Hill

Buildings and other structures from the 17th century can be found on Govardhan Hill. According to studies from 2013, there is no archaeological evidence of older remnants. The Govardhan hill has a few noteworthy sights.

Sandstone Monument and Kusum Sarovar Lake

Kusum Sarovar is a sandstone ancient structure on the sacred Govardhan Hill. The monument chhatri of Jat king Maharaja Suraj Mal can also be found here. Kusum Sarovar, popularly known as Lake of Flowers, is a picturesque lake located on Govardhan Hill.

The Kusum Sarovar is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the year.

Giriraj Temple

The Giriraj Temple, devoted to Lord Krishna, also known as Giriraj Ji, is one of Govardhan Hill’s most visited temples. The temple is a well-known Hindu pilgrimage destination.

Shri Chaitanya Temple

Shri Chaitanya Temple, made of red sandstone and embellished with murals of Krishna and Radha, is another significant site on Govardhan Hill.

Radha Kund Mandir

Lord Krishna slaughtered Arista, the bull demon, and then bathed in the Radha Kund pond to purify himself, according to the Radha Kund Mandir in Radha Kund. As a result, the temple is visited by a great number of people each year. According to mythology, Radha and Krishna spent a lot of time here.

The narrative we used to hear when we were kids…

Radha commanded Lord Krishna to wash himself by bathing in every sacred river in the universe after defeating a demon dressed as a bull. On Govardhan hill, it resulted in the establishment of this remarkable tourist destination. When Lord Krishna heard this, he smiled and slammed his foot on the ground, producing Shyama Kund, a large pond. Krishna clean himself  when all of the river goddesses appeared in front of him and filled his pond with water.

Lord Krishna’s skill to create the kund irritated Radha and her sakhis (friends), so they vowed to dig a kund even more magnificent than Krishna’s. The kund, now called Radha Kund, is located next to the Shyama Kund. Krishna encouraged Radha to drink from his kund, but Radharani rebuffed the offer, preferring to drink from Mansi-Ganga. She and her friends drank from Shyama kund because the trek from Mansi-Ganga was long and difficult.

Krishna then bathed in Radha Kund, proclaiming that anyone who bathed here would gain Radha’s affection for him. Radha bathed in Shyama Kund and declared that whoever bathed here would be loved by Krishna.

Devotees can visit Radha Kund at any time between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM throughout the year.

Mansi Ganga Lake

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In central Govardhan, it is the largest lake. Anyone who bathes in the Mansi Ganga is purified of their sins, according to mythology. As a result, this is where Govardhan Hill’s circumambulation begins and ends.

Danghati Temple Goverdhan

On Govardhan Hill, Danghati Shrine is a well-known temple. The name is derived from the words ‘Daan’ (donation) and ‘ghati’ (path) (valley). The deity at this temple is carved out of granite and painted to seem like Lord Krishna holding Govardhan Parvat on his little finger.

Govardhan Hill Timings

Days Timings- Morning to Evening
Monday7 A.M To 7 P.M
Tuesday7 A.M To 7 P.M
Wednesday7 A.M To 7 P.M
Thursday7 A.M To 7 P.M
Friday7 A.M To 7 P.M
Saturday7 A.M To 7 P.M
Sunday7 A.M To 7 P.M

Best time to visit 

From October to March is the finest season to visit Govardhan. This time of year, the weather is ideal, with temperatures varying from warm to cold, providing a comfortable day trip.

Things to do

Parikrama

On the auspicious dates of Guru Purnima and Govardhan Puja, a large number of devotees gather around to do Govardhan Hill Parikrama. The entire parikrama is around 23 kilometres long and takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete.

It starts in Manasi-Ganga Kund, travels via Radha Kund Village, and then round the hill while conducting Lord Harideva’s pilgrimage. On their way to this very important pilgrimage in Uttar Pradesh, devotees stop at Radha Kund, Shyama Kund, Daan Ghati Mandir, Mukharvind, Kusuma Sarovar, Ramochana, and Puchari, among other holy sites. There is no time limit for completing the parikrama, though.

Devotees perform several sorts of parikrama around the hill with fervent devotion and love for the Lord.

Walking parikrama

People walk clockwise around the hill, ending the parikrama at the same location.

Doodh parikrama

As you complete the parikrama, you hold a pot of milk with a little hole below the pot and continuously offer milk.

Sohni Seva parikrama

With a broom, devotees execute this parikrama. To complete the circumambulation, they sweep the slopes of the hill continuously.

Dandvat parikrama

This parikrama is completed by devotees moving their entire body against the ground. It is the most difficult way to complete the parikrama, and it usually takes ten days to accomplish.

Couple Dandvat parikrama

As name sounds this parikrama is performed by couples to commemorate their union.

08 Dandvat parikrama

The most difficult parikrama yet; sadhus execute the Dandvat 108 times in one area while carrying 108 stones. It may take them over a year to finish even one parikrama.

All of Lord Krishna’s followers have such devotion to him.

It is preferable to start the parikrama early in the morning (unless it is a Dandavat parikrama) so that you can finish before sunset.

Govardhan Puja

Devotees perform Govardhan Puja by making a statue of Lord Krishna out of fresh cow dung, holding the holy place of Govardhan. The size of the figure varies depending on whether it is a community or single worship. Krishna’s cow dung structure is further embellished by devotees with appetizing dry rice, colourful powder, and jewellery, among other things.

The celebration begins with traditional Vedic Krishna worship. Then, while doing parikrama around the cow dung image clockwise, devotees bring flowers, incense, and other ceremonial supplies. As a mark of dedication, a minimum of 56 delicacies, also known as “Chappan Bhog,” are prepared from scratch.

Shopping

Govardhan Hill distance is not too far away local market and full of beautiful surprises. Shops around Govardhan hill and the local Mathura market sell everything from prayer beads to native brass Radha-Krishna idols, oil lanterns, stunning paintings, and a variety of other lovely items.

How To Reach?

Govardhan is a lovely town in Uttar Pradesh that is well-served by all kinds of transportation. And it’s around 50 minutes away (25 kilometres) from both Mathura and Vrindavan.

Goverdhan Hill Map Location

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