Parikrama of Mathura is under taken every year by thousands of devotees

Parikrama of Mathura is under taken every year by thousands of devotees| Devotees go around places like Mathura, Brindavanam etc and cover 269kms during the Parikrama
Parikrama of Mathura
Parikrama means Pradakshina.  Devotees of Lord Sri Krishna who follow the Vallabha tradition consider the Parikrama very sacred.  Devotees do the parikrama on foot around Mathura, Brindavanam, Gokulam, Govardhanagiri and another 25 places which have a relation to the life of Lord Sri Krishna.  Parikrama begins every year on Bhadrapada Sukla Ekadasi at Visram Ghat in Mathura and ends at the same place.  Total distance to be covered is 269kms.  It takes 45 days to finish the Parikrama depending on the walking speed of the devotees.  Every year 5,000 to 10,000 devotees attend the Parikrama.  Food and accommodation is provided free to the all the devotees by some organizations.  This is called the Praja Parikrama.

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Gupt Godavari is located near Chitrakoot | Road map to Gupt Godavari from Chitrakoot, UP

Gupt Godavari is located near Chitrakoot | Road map to Gupt Godavari from Chitrakoot, UP
Gupt Godavari
Chitrakoot is a place which is strangely situated in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.  Half of its area lies in Madhya Pradesh and half of it in Uttar Pradesh.  Chitrakut is though a small village but is full of mountain and forests.  Tourists are also many.  There is Valmiki Ashram at a distance of 25 kilometers from Chitrakoot.  Lord Sriram, Lakshman and Sita visited the Ashram of Valmiki during their vanavaasam and stayed at Chitrakoot.  Sati Anasuya mountain is situated at a distance of 3 kms.  This is the tapobhumi of Sage Atri.  Mandakini river starts its journey from this mountain.  Sita Ram and Lakshman visited Sage Atri and Anasuya here.  Much number of Gods and Rivers came to Chitrakoot to have a darshan of Lord Rama.  River Godavari also went there to visit him.  There are two big caves here from which springs of water come out and formed 7 ponds.  Water flow stops in the seventh pond and becomes invisible – ‘Gupt’.  Thus this is called ‘Gupt Godavari’.

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