Brajamandal Parikrama by Gaudiya Mission
- Devotion to Lord Krishna: The primary purpose of Brajamandal Parikrama is to express deep devotion and love for Lord Krishna. Pilgrims believe that by circumambulating the sacred land associated with Krishna’s childhood and early youth, they can attain spiritual purification and a closer connection to the divine.
- Circumambulation of Holy Sites: Brajamandal Parikrama involves visiting and circumambulating various holy sites associated with Lord Krishna’s life, such as Mathura, Vrindavan, Govardhan, and Barsana. Devotees walk around these locations, offering prayers and paying homage to the places where Krishna performed his divine pastimes.
- Radial and Circular Routes: The parikrama can take different routes, the most common being the 84-Kos Parikrama and the Vraj Mandal Parikrama. The 84-Kos Parikrama covers a larger area, spanning approximately 252 kilometers (84 kos), while the Vraj Mandal Parikrama is a shorter circular route around the core of Braj, covering around 20 kilometers.
- Festive Atmosphere: The atmosphere is charged with devotion and celebration during the parikrama. Pilgrims often sing bhajans (devotional songs), chant mantras, and participate in various cultural events and rituals. The festival of Holi, celebrated with great enthusiasm in Braj, is a significant part of this parikrama.
- Participation of Devotees: Devotees from various parts of India and around the world participate in the Brajamandal Parikrama. It’s not only an act of religious devotion but also an opportunity for devotees to come together and share their love for Lord Krishna.
- A Way to Seek Blessings: Pilgrims believe that by performing Brajamandal Parikrama, they seek the blessings of Lord Krishna, and their spiritual journey is supposed to help them attain inner peace and enlightenment.
- Observance of Austerities: Some devotees choose to follow certain austerities during the parikrama, such as walking barefoot, fasting, and sleeping on the ground, as a way to demonstrate their dedication and penance.