Located on the outskirts of Mathura, Govardhan or Giriraj ji is a sanctified site. It is recognised as the natural form of Lord Krishna. People pay obeisance to Lord Krishna by circumambulating, or performing a parikrama of the hill during the festival of Govardhan Puja or Annakut in Giriraj Temple. It is said that the six Goswamis of Vrindavana, as well as other personalities such as Madhavendra Puri, Advaita Acharya, Lord Nityananda, Vallabhacharya, Narottama Dasa Thakura, and Srinivasa Acharya, among others, have all completed the Govardhan Parikrama. Three types of parikrama are performed that include a barefoot parikrama, doodh (milk) parikrama, where the devotees carry a pot of milk with a small hole in it, and Dandavat parikrama which requires one to do multiple sashtang dandavats where one lies prostate on the ground in reverence of the god. The last one can take weeks, even months to complete; some sadhus perform as many as 108 dandavats in one spot before moving on to the next one. The entire parikrama is of approximately 23 km long, with over half a million devotees attempting it annually. People flock to Vraja, where Govardhana Hill is located, especially during such auspicious occasions as Guru Purnima, Purusottamamasa or Govardhana puja.

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