Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Govardhana Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the famous pilgrimage spots associated with Lord Krishna, Govardhana hill is situated in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is considered sacred especially in the Vaishnava traditions within Hinduism. It is 25m above sea level and it is also known as Giriraj. It is a small sandstone hillock covered with many flowering plants and shaped in the form of a peacock.

 

 

The hill derives its importance from the legend of Lord Krishna who is believed to have lifted the hill with the tip of his little finger and held it up for seven days and seven nights in order to protect the people from heavy rains. It is also believed that about 5000 years ago Govardhana hill was 30,000m high.

 

 

A legend says that Pulatsya Rishi once reached Dronakala hill and requested that his son Govardhan should accompany him to his hermitage at Kashi. Dronakala could not refuse; but at the same time he did not want to lose his son. Govardhan agreed to go on one condition, namely, that if the Rishi puts him down any where he would not budge and would stay at that spot forever. The Rishi accepted the condition and lifted him on his palm and went on his way to Kashi.

 

 

As they approached Braj, Govardhan began to meditate on Lord Krishna and thus became heavier. The Rishi could not carry him further and hence put Govardhan down in order to get some rest. When he again tried to lift him up, the hill refused to move. Enraged, the Rishi cursed Govardhan that he would diminish in size by one mustard seed every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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