This is the basic route that most parikramas of Braja Mandala
take. From year to year the exact schedule may change, but this
is the basic route that will be taken on Braja Mandala Parikrama.
The parikrama visits most of the major pastime places and the
12 main forests in Braja. The parikrama starts in Mathura by bathing
at Visrama Ghata. The parikrama then goes clockwise around Braja
Mandala. It first heads southwest of Mathura. The parikrama then
heads north visiting the seven main forests on the western side
of the Yamuna. The parikrama goes south until it reaches Baldeo
(Dauji). It then goes back north going through the forest of Mahavana.
It then returns to Mathura, where it ends by bathing in Visrama
The first day begins by doing parikrama of the town of Vrindavana.
The next day the walk is from the town of Vrindavana to Mathura,
visiting Akrura Ghata and Yajna Sthani (Yajna-sthala) on the way.
After reaching Mathura, there is bathing at Visrama Ghata. Braja
Mandala Parikrama usually begins by bathing at Visrama Ghata.
The next day is parikrama of Mathura.
The next day the parikrama leaves Mathura. The first forest to
be visited is Madhuvana, which is where Dhruva Maharaja performed
austerities and Satrughna, the brother of Lord Rama killed the
demon Lavanasura. The village that you stay at over night is the
small village of Madhuvana, which has almost no facilities
The next forest that is visited is Talavana. This is where Lord
Balarama killed the ass-demon, Dhenukasura. You also go throught
the forest of Kumudvana, which is where Lord Kapila performed
austerities. This day's walk ends at Santanu Kunda, which is in
the small village of Satoya.
The next day the walk is from Santanu Kunda to Radha Kunda. On
the way one goes to Gandharva Kunda, which is where Gandharvas
used to bath; Ghechari, Putana's birthplace; and the forest of
Bahulavana. In Bahulavana one visits the Bahula Temple and Bahula
Kunda, where the cow named Bahula showed truthfulness. From Bahulavana
one then visits the village of Ral and Vasanti. King Vrishabhanu
stayed at Vasanti before moving to Varsana. After visiting the
village of Ral and Vasanti, one can go to Mukharai, which is the
village of Radharani's maternal grandmother, Mukhara. The walk
on this day could also end at the village of Ral.
The following day is spent at Radha Kunda seeing the places there.
The next day is Goverdhana parikrama. One of the first places
to be visited is the village of Aniyora, where the Annakuta ceremony
(Govardhana Puja) was performed. Then comes Sankarsana Kunda.
Near Sankarsana Kunda is where Madhavendra Puri discovered the
Deity of Gopal. At Petha, Krishna hid from the gopis. Punchari
is the southern most point of Govardhana hill. At the tail-end
of Govardhana Hill are Navala and Apsara Kundas. The Gandharvas
and Apsara bathed here. Next is the Lautha Baba Mandir, which
is near Apsara Kunda. Lautha Baba, who is a friend of Sri Krishna,
is still waiting for Krishna to come back from Mathura. Visited
next is Shyama Dhak, which was Krishna's and Balarama's playground.
After visiting Shyama Dhak one comes to Raghava Pandita Gupha
(cave), which is the bhajana place of Raghava Pandit. Then comes
Jati Pura, which is Madhavendra Puri's village. Then one reaches
Uddhava Kunda, which is the place where Uddhava resides as grass.
The next day is the appearance day of Radha Kunda, which is celebrated
at 12 midnight. Depending on the schedule of the parikrama this
day may be before or after the Govardhana parikrama.
On the next day one walks from Radha Kunda to Dig (Deeg). On the
way is Asoka Lata, which is near Kusuma Sarovara. This is where
Krishna braided Radharani's hair. At Naradavana, Narada Muni is
said to have wrote the Narada Bhakti Sutras. After Asoka Lata
comes Chakalesvara Mahadeva Temple and Sanatana Goswami's bhajan
kutir. Both these places are right next to each other on the bank
of Manasi Ganga, in the town of Govardhana. In the village of
Gantholi (Ganthuli), Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to see the Deity
of Gopalaji, who was kept in this village for a short time. Then
comes Bahaj, which is a village related to Indra. The walk on
this day ends in the town of Dig.
The next day the walk is from Dig to Badrinath. On the way one
goes to Didavali; Khoh, which is famous for milk products; and
Kadamba Kanana, which is a peaceful grove with large Kadamba trees.
At Badrinath, there is the Badri-narayana temple and Tapasya Kunda,
which is usually very cold. It is a fairly hard walk uphill to
reach Badrinath. The temple here is in the middle of no where,
on top of a good-sized hill. Badrinath is a peaceful place.