Though 21 km Govardhan Parvat Parikrama is held each month between Ekadashi and Purnima i.e., total 5 days but there are two special occassions when thousands and thousands of devotees visit Govardhan for Parikrama.
One is Guru Purnima and another is four days before Deepawali i.e., Dev Uthani Ekadashi till Pratipada Dooj i.e., total 7 days. It is said during these days (during Deepawali) Lord Krishna at the age of 7 years lifted Govardhan Parvat on his left hand little finger for 7 days and 7 nights to provide shelter to villagers from rain.
This year Guru Purnima was on 12th July. Lakhs of devotees visited and I was one of them. I started Govardhan Parvat Parikrama on 11th July night at 8:45 pm from Mansi Ganga completed Parikrama at 4 morning hours.
Yes, it is tiring specially when one is completing parikrama barefooted though parikrama marg is well made with lights.
Water arrangment is there for devotees by devotees. At Rajasthan boundary during Parikrama I saw banner stating cold water and bhandara from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station coolies and many such banners from other devotees. Ambulance, Medical facilities were also available on the way. In totality it was a new journey and I am lucky I arrived and completed it.
The amazing knowledge was to know about few deveotees/sadhus offering 108 Dandavat Pranam (obeisance) at one spot and continuing till they complete parikrama in week/s.
Govardhan Parikrama knowledge was enhanced by Ram Krishan – a friend and Sanatan Dharm student.
Thank you – said I.
Re: Accommodation at Govardhan during Guru Purnima Parikrama
It was a short notice from Ram Krishna about upcoming Govardhan Parvat Parikrama during Guru Purnima but having an accommodation specially at Govardhan was not possible. I tried to talk with few dharamshala as well as guest houses but sorry â€“ all booked. Devotees book accommodation in advance. Thanks to a friend who tried his best to arrange an accommodation so that I can complete Parikrama on Guru Purnima day.
Shri Vishnu Dutt Sharma â€“ Panda Laddu Gopal is having two dharamshala at Govardhan. Upon request he agreed to provide a room having double bed with toilet at one of his dharamshala. It was nearby Mansi Ganga â€“ The starting and ending point of Parikrama.
It was only accommodation and no food. Dinner we had at an ashram â€“ Thanks to Ram Krishna. Guru Purnima was on 12 th July. We reached Govardhan on 11 th of July during evening hours. I paid Rs. 1000/- for two for one night stay. The room was having double bed with toilet, fan and an air cooler as the weather was too hot and no rain.
In-short accommodation at Govardhan specially during Guru Purnima and Deepawali days is difficult. If you wish to do parikrama during Guru Parikrama or during Deepawali days try to book an accommodation in advance.