Govardhan

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Govardhan
city
Govardhan is located in Uttar Pradesh
Govardhan
Govardhan
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 27°30′N 77°28′E / 27.5°N 77.47°E / 27.5; 77.47Coordinates: 27°30′N 77°28′E / 27.5°N 77.47°E / 27.5; 77.47
Country  India
State Uttar Pradesh
District Mathura
Elevation 179 m (587 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 18,512
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
For the hill, see Govardhan hill

Govardhan is a municipal town; a nagar panchayat, in Mathura district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Geography[edit]

Govardhan is located at 27°30′N 77°28′E / 27.5°N 77.47°E / 27.5; 77.47.[1] It has an average elevation of 179 metres (587 feet).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Govardhan had a population of 18,512. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Govardhan has an average literacy rate of 62%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 70%, and female literacy is 52%. In Govardhan, 17% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Overview[edit]

Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill

Govardhan famous for Holy Goverdhan Hill.There are many temples in this town namely Haridev Mandir, Daan-Ghati Mandir and Mukharbind. . The town is also famous for its 21 kilometer long Parikrama of the a very old hill called Govardhan. The parikrama procession is held in very high religious belief. Its said that Lord Krishna held Govardhan Hill on his little finger to save the town from wrath of the god of rains Indra.

The town also houses Maanasi-Ganga, a close-ended lake. This is another place for the devotees visiting this town. On the banks of this lake, there are quite a few temples, one side of the lake shore now houses a regular marketplace. Being close-ended, pollution is rampant in the lake.

One of the most important day in Goverdhan is Guru Poornima (Also called "Mudia Poono"). On this day, Millions of devotees come to Govardhan for parikrama.

Govardhan Temple

About 22 kilometres from Mathura, the town is on the road link between Mathura and Deeg.

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