Shri Giriraj Govardhan

Shri Govardhan-Giriraj Parvat

Shri Govardhan Parvat is considered to be one of the most sacred places on earth.

It is connected with several Shree Radha Krishn Leelas; and till today parikrama of this holy place is very important event to all those visiting Vraj.

Giriraj Govardhan is situated roughly about 14 miles west of Mathura. It is on the east of Anyor village, in the west of Gantholi. It has three shikhars: Adi shikhar-on which Shree Krishn performed leela, Dev shikhar on which ShreeNathji played; Brahm shikhar where Shree Krishn will perform His Leela in the end.

On the top of Shri Govardhan is the ancient ShreeNathji mandir established by Shri Vallabhacharya; just below is the town known as Jatipura. This part is the known as the Mukharvind of the sacred parvat; where ShreeNathji is worshipped.

On the other side is the village Anyor.

It was 3 km in height 5000 years ago so that its shadow reached Mathura which is around 15-20 km away; this in today’s time period has diminished to a mere 25m. (This is due to the curse placed by Pulastya rishi.. story is detailed later in the chapter..)

There are three ranges of Shri Girrirajji

Adi Shikhar- From Radhakund to Daanghati

Madhya Shikhar- From Shri Govardhan to Surabhi Kund

Brahma Shikhar -From Surbhi Kund to Apsara Kund

During the Krishnavtaar, Shree Krishna carried out the divine plays in Adi Shikhar. Today the divine sports are taking place in Madhya Shikhar. After this, divine sports will take place in Brahma Shikhar. Govardhan Parvat is considered to be similar to SheeKrishn Himself, as in the famous sacred leela we will see that Bhagwan Krishn Himself had taken the manifest Form of Giriraj Govardhan and accepted the offerings from Vrajvasis.

Girirajji is considered to be Bhagwan Krishn Himself.

Giriraj Govardhan has four forms: a cow; lion; cow herder; white snake.

From the original divine Vraj only three things are left which have retained their original sacredness: Shri Yamunaji, Govardhan Parvat and the Ruj of Vraj!

The stones of this sacred Parvat are known as 'Shilas'; no bhakt carries any shila from here; as a monument as it is considered very sacred and divine.

In fact one has to bow down and ask for forgiveness if you have climbed on it for darshans.

Author : Abha Shahra Shyama

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