Govardhan is situated in the hilly terrain of the hill
called Giriraj. This place has abundant tales of Lord Krishna as a child.
According to the Vedas, the peak has descended from the heaven itself. Legend
has it that once the people of Govardhan were hit by torrential rain and the
Lord himself lifted this peak for 7 consecutive days and saved the people. As
per the narration in the Vedas, on one hand the peak is the greatest devotee of
Lord Krishna and on the other hand, it takes up the form which cannot be
distinguished from the Lord himself. It holds religious significance as it is
believed that ‘Govardhan Parikrama’ would fulfill one’s wishes.
Places to see:
Radha Kund: This
lake is believed to be the place where Krishna and Radha spent time along with other
Gopis. Every year in the months of October and November people gather here to
take a dip in the holy lake.
Mansi Ganga Tank: This
tank marks the starting and ending points of the Govardhan Parikrama. It bears
relations to Lord Krishna. It was built by Raja Bhagwan Das and Raja Man Singh.
It is considered to be the holiest of the kunds. People believe that a dip in
this holy kund would take away all their sins.
Govardhan Hill: This
hill is mentioned in many of the tales of Lord Krishna. It is situated close to
Vrindavan. It is believed that one who takes the ‘Parikrama’ around the hill
gets his wishes fulfilled.
How to reach:
By air: Indira
Gandhi International airport is the nearest airport.
By rail: Mathura
railway junction is the closest one and is well connected to all the major
cities of the country.
By road: UPSRTC
buses connect Govardhan to almost all the cities of Uttar Pradesh. Besides,
Deluxe buses are also available.