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Trip to Govardhan | Govardhan photos


Govardhan is one of the major pilgrimage centres situated in the Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated at a distance of around 25 km west of Mathura in Vrindavan. Popular as a  famous place for Hindu pilgrimage, Govardhan Parvat is a narrow sandstone hill, which is 8 km in length. 

The history of the hill dates back to 5,000 years and is associated with legendary tales and cultural traditions. The legend of Govardhan hill is associated with the blue god, Lord Krishna, who lifted the mountain peak of Govardhan on his left hand for seven successive days. 

The hill is also identified as Giriraj and is situated along a large masonry tank known as the Mansi Ganga. Also in proximity, there is a popular red sandstone temple of Haridev, Radha Kund and a beautiful Kusum Sarovar. The sarovar, 450 feet long and 60 feet deep,  is a chief attraction. This town is popular for the Govardhan Parikrama, which is around 20 km long.    

Govardhan can be reached by various modes of transportation including flights, trains and buses. Indira Gandhi International Airport is the closest airport, located at a distance of 165 km in Delhi. The airport is connected to both domestic and international destinations. The railhead nearest to Govardhan is Mathura railway junction. 

Besides flights and trains, Govardhan can also be reached by buses available from cities like Agra, Delhi, Faizabad and Allahabad. Both state owned and private buses are available to reach the destination. Extreme climatic conditions prevail in Govardhan but October to March is the ideal period to visit Govardhan

Radha Kund, Govardhan

Radha Kund

Radha Kund, one of the sacred lakes in Govardhan, is the site where Lord Krishna, Radha and the gopis spent their leisure time. It is also believed that after slaying the bull shaped demon Aritsa, Lord Krishna took bath in the Radha Kund. Several tourists gather here during the months of October and November for celebrating the annual festival and taking a dip in the kund.


Kusum Sarovar, Govardhan

Kusum Sarovar is a famous tank where the gopis used to wait for Lord Krishna with flowers. It measures 450 ft in length and 60 ft in depth and has steps on all the sides. The tank is surrounded by the Kadamba tree groves and a cenotaph of the erstwhile royal family.

There are many small shrines and ashrams situated near the tank that are popular for the evening prayers and aartis.

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