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1) Gandhar: (Sindh Pradesh, Rawalpindi)


This is an ancient city of Mahabharata times situated to the west of River Sindhu in Sindhu Pradesh. Dhritrashtra’s wife Gandhari was the
daughter of King Kubal of Gandhar. Gandhari’s brother Shakuni was Duryodhan’s maternal uncle who defeated Pandavas by fraud in gamble
and became one of the reasons of the war of Mahabharata.

2) Takshashila: (Rawalpindi, present day Pakistan)

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Takshashila was an ancient city of Mahabharata time and capital of Gandhar Desh. Dhritrashtra’s wife Gandhari was the daughter of King Subal
of Gandhar. After the war of Mahabharata when the Pandavas left for Himalayas, Parikshit was crowned the King. He died due to a snake bite.
Then to take revenge of his death, Parikshit’s son Janmejay performed a “Nagyagya” in Takshashila and had killed many snakes.

3) Kekaya Pradesh: (North border of Jammu and Kashmir)


Kekaya Pradesh was an ancient city of the Mahabharata times. Jaysen, the King of Kekaya was married to Radhadevi, sister of Vasudev. His
son Vind was a friend of Jarasandh and Duryodhan. He wanted to get his sister married to Duryodhan but she loved Krishna and so married
Krishna. During the period of Mahabharata, Kekaya Pradesh was famous for its valorous warriors. Jaysen’s son Vind supported the Kauravas in
the war of Mahabharata.

4) Madra Desh: (Other side of the Himalayas in the North, Jammu- Kashmir)
There was an ancient state on the other side of the Himalayas in the North which was called as Madra Desh in Vedic times. According to Aitrai
Brahmin, since this was located in the North of the other side of the Himalayas it is also called Uttarkuru. During the time of Mahabharata,
Shalya was the King of Madra Desh. His sister Madri was married to Pandu. Sahadev and Nakul were Madri’s sons. For the Rajsurya Yagya
organized by Yudhishthir, residents of Madra had come with gifts for Yudhishthir.

5) Kedarnath: (Uttarakhand, Rishikesh)


Kedarnath is the famous and holy place of pilgrimage near Rishikesh. There is famous Shiva temple here. It is believed that after the war of
Mahabharata, when Pandavas came here, Lord Shiva did not want to give them a glimpse as he thought them to be guilty of killing their
brothers and relatives. So Shiva acquired a form of a buffalo and camouflaged with other animals grazing there but Bhima recognized him and
caught him from his back. The idol of the Kedarnath temple is believed to be Shiva in the form of a buffalo’s back. The rest of the body is in
Varanasi and head is believed to be in Pashupatinath (Nepal). Kedarnath is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is believed that
Pandavas had built this temple. Adi Shankaracharya also had taken his last breath here. His tomb has been made near the temple.

6) Badrinath: (Uttarakhand)
The author of Mahabharata, Maharshi Ved Vyasji’s ashram was in Badrinath. During the exile of the Pandavas, a demon named Jarasur had
taken away the weapons of the Pandavas who had stayed there. Jarasur also wanted to kidnap Draupadi. He went in the disguise of a
Brahmin. By chance Bhima came there and with a blow of his mace killed Jarasur.
Badrinath is a famous place of pilgrimage and is one the Char Dhams (the four abodes/seats namely- Gangotri, Yamnotri, Badrinath and
Kedarnath). It is located between the two mountains named Nar and Narayan. In between, the River Alakananda flows. In ancient times there
was a dense forest of berries over here. Badri refers to a berry that was said to grow abundantly in the area, and nath refers to Vishnu.That is
why it was named Badrinath. In the temple over here, there is a black statue of Lord Vishnu seated in Padmasan. During the period of
Mahabharata, the Badrikashram over here had been a spiritual centre for the Rishis and Sages.

7) Mana: (near Badrinath, Uttarakhand)


Mana Village is just 3 Km from Badrinath and very close to China border. The mythical indications that the Pandavas had been here and
crossed over to some land perhaps over the rainbow are almost immediately visible. At Mana the Alakananda flows into the Saraswati. And
somewhere here -- the exact location seems to be a mystery -- the Saraswati plunges underground (becomes “Gupt”) and emerges at the
Prayag near Allahabad. There is a cave nearby where Rishi Vyas is supposed to have written the Ramayan. The Pandavas probably passed this
way. As the story goes that the Pandavas never completed their last journey together. They went on a spree of fratricide and apparently
perished one by one.
Draupadi, they say, was the first to fall and she breathed her last just after having crossed the Saraswati. Only Yudhishtir of the five Pandavas
and his faithful dog managed to reach this point and then ascend to heaven.

8) Karnaprayaag: (Uttarakhand)
This is the city of Mahabharata period situated at the confluence of the Rivers Pinder and Alakananda. According to the Skand Purana, Kunti’s
son Karna had performed a Yagya (holy sacrifice) in this city. It was here that Lord Surya had given Karna impenetrable armour, an
imperishable quiver (which is used for keeping arrows) and a boon to be invincible. Karna Prayag was famous as a holy city.

9) Ujjanak: (Nainital, Uttar Pradesh)


This was an ancient city near Kashipur, Nainital district, Uttar Pradesh. Guru Dronacharya had taught archery to the Pandavas and Kauravas
over here. On Guru Dronacharya’s orders, Kunti’s son Bhima had established Shivlinga here. That is why this place is also called Bhimshankar.
There is a huge temple of Lord Shiva over here. Few scholars consider this Shivlinga one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

10) Shivi Desh: (South Punjab, North border of India)


Shivi desh was located on the north border of India in South Punjab. The grandson of the generous King Ushinar was Shaivya who had got his
daughter Devika married to Yudhishthir. In the war of Mahabharata, Shaivya played a major role of an archer from the side of the Pandavas.

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11) Banganga: (Kurukshetra, Punjab)


This is a place of pilgrimage located three kilometers away from Kurukshetra. After being injured in the war of Mahabharata, Bhisma Pitamah
had laid down here on Sharsaiya (bed of arrows). On being asked by Bhisma for water, Arjun shot an arrow in the ground and a stream of the
water of Ganga came out and went straight into Bhisma Pitamah’s mouth and quenched his thirst.

12) Kurukshetra: (Ambala, Punjab)


Famous as the battlefield of the war of Mahabharata, Kurukshetra is situated forty kilometers to the East of Ambala city. In ancient times,
Brahmaji had organized a yagya here. That time this was an extensive land area. In those days it was known as the altar for sacrifice of Lord
Brahma. Lord Krishna had revealed the sermon of Gita before the war of Mahabharata at this place. Today a lake named Brahma Sarovar here
is very famous for its glory. At the time of a Solar eclipse pilgrims from distant places come here to take a dip in this lake. According to the
Bhagwat, before the war of Mahabharata, Lord Krishna along with other members of Yaduvansh had come here for a dip in the Brahmakund.

13) Hastinapur: (near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh)


Hastinapur, located near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh was the grand city of Mahabharata time. This was the capital of the Kauravas and the
Pandavas. Hastinapur has witnessed many famous incidences described in Mahabharata. Here, Yudhishthir lost his brothers and Draupadi
along with his wealth in the game of gamble. Krishna had visited the court of Dhritrashtra being a peace messenger of the Pandavas. Before
the birth of the Pandavas and Kauravas, Bhisma had taken an oath here to not to marry in life and let go of his right to the throne as his father
Shantanu wanted to marry a boatman’s daughter Satyavati. After winning the war of Mahabharata, Pandavas made Hastinapur as their capital.
According to the ancient description, Hastinapur was also the capital of Bharat (India is named after him), son of Dushyant and Shakuntala.
Hastinapur is also a famous place of pilgrimage of the followers of Jain religion.

14) Varnavat: (Near Meerut, Uttarpradesh)


It is a city located near Meerut in Uttarpradesh as described in Mahabharata. It was here that Duryodhan had built a Lakshgriha (wax house)
to kill the Pandavas. This city is situated on the banks of River Ganga. To avoid the war of Mahabharata, Pandavas had asked for five villages
from the Kauravas, Varnavat was one of these five cities. Even today there is a small village here named Barnava which reminds one of the
Mahabharata periods.

15) Panchal Pradesh: (near Himalayas, Uttar Pradesh)


As mentioned in Mahabharata, Panchal Pradesh was located between the Himalayas and the River Chamba on both sides of the River Ganga.
Once when the King of Panchal got the news of an attack from the King of Ayodhya, he said that his five (panch) sons only were enough to
fight the war. Since then it was called “Panchal”. During the time of Mahabharata half of Panchal was owned by King Drupad and the other half
was owned by Dronacharya. Draupadi was daughter of the King Drupad and married to Arjun after he won over her in the Swayamvar.
Draupadi was named “Panchali” as she was the princess of Panchal.

16) Indraprastha: (South of present day New Delhi):


Indraprastha was a grand city situated on the South of present day New Delhi. The Pandavas had established this city after destroying
Khandav Van (forest). Vishwakarma, the architect of the devtas (deities) had designed this city. This city was the capital of the Pandavas.
Even today, there is a small town named Indraprastha which reminds of the ancient town Indraprastha.

17) Vrindavan: (Mathura, Uttarpradesh)


Vrindavan is situated ten kilometers away from Mathura in Uttarpradesh. Vrinda had observed penance here to attain Krishna, since then this
place is known as Vrindavan. Vrindavan is the place of Lord Krishna’s Bal- leelayen (playful acts done in childhood). Lord Krishna had played
Rasleela with the gopis in Vrindavan. Even today Rasleela is the main attraction of this place. There are many famous temples here, of which
the temple of Bankebihari and Radhavallabh is very famous. The only events held here are the Shringar (ornamenting) on Sharad Purnima (full
moon day of Ashvin- October or November) and Aarti (praying God with a lighted lamp) on Krishna Janmashtami.

18) Gokul: (Uttar Pradesh)


Gokul is situated on the banks of River Yamuna, eight kilometers away from Mathura. To protect Krishna from Kans, Vasudev had left Krishna
at his friend Nandrai’s house in Gokul. Krishna and his elder brother Balram were brought up in Gokul. Shri Krishna revealed the sermon of
Gita to Arjun before the war of Mahabharata and became Arjun’s charioteer during the war. Balram taught the art of mace fight to Bhima and
Duryodhan.

19) Barsana: (Uttar Pradesh)


Barsana, 21 km from Govardhan Mountain, has four hilltops that represent the four faces of Brahma the Creator. Each hilltop is associated
with some incident from Krishna's life. On Mor Kutir top, he danced guised as a peacock to win the love of Radha. Radha’s parents lived in
Barsana. The house of Radha's father is atop the Brahma Hill in Barsana. On this site is the Larily Lal (an endearing name for Radha) temple.

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20) Mathura: (Uttar Pradesh)


Located on the banks of the River Yamuna, Mathura was a famous place of pilgrimage during Mahabharata period. In the Dwapar Age, the
Kshatriyas of King Shursen’s lineage made this as their capital. Shri Krishna was born here. Shri Krishna killed the oppressor Kans, son of King
Ugrasen and got back Ugrasen his throne. After the fight in between the Yaduvanshis, when the Yadavas were killed, Yudhishthir crowned
Brijnath, great grandson of Krishna the King of Mathura.

21) Angadesh (Malini Nagari): (Gonda, Uttar Pradesh)


Malini Nagari was the capital of an ancient region of the Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh. Duryodhan had throned Karna the King of this state.
Duryodhan had received this state as a gift from Jarasandh. The capital Malini Nagari is a Shaktipeeth. According to the Puranas, Sati’s right
hand after being cut by the chakra of Vishnu had fallen here.

22) Naimisharanya: (Uttar Bharat)


Near the Gomati Station of Northern Railway, on the banks of the River Gomati is situated a place of pilgrimage named Naimisharanya. There
are lot of praises about this place found in Mahabharata and Puranas. According to an ancient story, to find out the right place to perform a
Gyansatra (sacrifice) Saint Shonak swirled the Chakra given by Lord Brahma. Brahmaji had said that on swirling the Chakra, wherever the
circumference of the wheel will fall, that place will be the perfect place for the sacrifice to be performed. The circumference of the Chakra fell in
a Tapovan (a forest in which ascetics perform religious austerities) on the banks of the River Gomati and became famous as a place of
pilgrimage.
Here only at the time of the Yagya of Shonak Rishi, Ugrashruva said the story of Mahabharata. During the time of the war of Mahabharata,
Balram had also visited this place while going on a pilgrimage. It is considered auspicious to circumambulate Naimisharanya. There are many
famous places of pilgrimage of which Chakratirth is very famous. There is a lake in Chakratirth whose centre is round in shape and this is the
main place of pilgrimage.

23) Kaushambi: (Uttar Pradesh)


Kaushambi was the capital of Vatsa desh during the Mahabharata period and situated to the south of River Ganga near present day city of
Allahabad. The residents of Vatsa desh had supported Kauravas in the war of Mahabharata. Later, Kuruvanshis took over this state. Parikshit’s
son Janmejay had made Kaushambi his capital.

24) Kashi: (Uttar Pradesh)


The ancient city of Mahabharata period, Kashi was famous as the chief education centre of India. Bhisma Pitamah had won over Amba, Ambika
and Ambalika, the three daughters of Kashi King. Bhisma wanted to get them married to Vichitravirya. Amba was in love with Shalya, brother
of Shishupal, so she refused to marry Vichitravirya. So Ambika and Ambalika were married to Vichitravirya. Dhritrashtra was Ambika’s son and
Pandu was Ambalika’s son. Dhritrashtra’s sons were called Kauravas and Pandu’s sons were called Pandavas. The war of Mahabharata was
fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

25) Ekachakranagari: (Aarah, Bihar)


During the period of Mahabharata, Aarah was known as Ekachakranagari. After being saved from the Lakshgriha, Pandavas had lived in
Ekachakranagari for few days at a Brahmin’s house. Every day one person was being sent from Ekachakranagari for the food of a giant named
Bakasur. One day, it was this Brahmin’s turn where Pandavas were staying. To save the Brahmin, Bhima went to Bakasur in place of him and
killed him. It was here only that Bakasur’s son Bhishak had caught hold of the horse of Yudhishthir’s Ashvamedh Yagya and later was killed by
Arjun.

26) Magadh: (South Bihar)


The ancient name of present day South Bihar was Magadh. During the time of Mahabharata, Jarasandh ruled Magadh. Asti and Prapti, two
daughters of Jarasandh were married to Kans. After Krishna killed Kans, he became an enemy of Jarasandh. Jarasandh attacked Mathura many
times. For the Rajsurya Yagya performed by Yudhishthir, Krishna, Arjun and Bhima went to Magadh in the disguise of Brahmins and Bhima
killed Jarasandh while wrestling. In the war of Mahabharata, the residents of Magadh had supported the Pandavas.

27) Pundrudesh: (Bihar)


A part of Bihar was known as Pundru Desh during the time of Mahabharata. The King Pondrak of this region was a friend of Jarasandh and
thought himself to be Krishna. He used to dress up like Krishna. He used to make himself famous in the names of “Vasudev” and
“Purshottam”. He was present at the Swayamvar (a choice made by a princess of her husband in public) of Draupadi. Due to his ego, he
challenged Krishna to discard his dress or else get ready for a fight. Krishna fought with him and killed him. According to one more mention,
when Jarasandh attacked Mathura, Pondrak was with him. Later he attacked Dwarka and was killed by Krishna there.

28) Pragjyotishpur: (Gowhati, Assam)


The capital of ancient Assam state, Pragjyotishpur was located near present day Gowhati. During the Mahabharata times Narkasur was the

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King of this state. He had made sixteen thousand girls his captive. He fought a battle with Lord Krishna. Shri Krishna killed Narkasur and took
all the sixteen thousand girls to Dwarka and married them. Later, Bhagdutt, the ruler of Pragjyotishpur fought the war of Mahabharata from
the side of the Kauravas and was killed by Arjun. Here, near the Neelkanth Mountain is the famous temple of Kamakhya Devi built by
Narkasur.

29) Kamakhya: (Assam)


Kamakhya was a famous Shaktipeeth city, ten kilometers away from Gowhati in Assam. During the time of Mahabharata, Narkasur had built
here a temple of Kamakhya Devi. According to Bhagwat Purana, when Lord Shiva was roaming around like a man in despair with the dead
body of Sati, then Lord Vishnu with the help of his Sudarshan Chakra (a divine discus which swirls around his index finger), cut Sati’s dead
body into pieces and dropped them one by one, so that Shiva gets released off this weight and returns to being normal. There were fifty one
pieces of the dead body of Sati cut by Lord Vishnu and the places on the earth where they fell are known as Shaktipeeth. Each Shaktipeeth is
connected with one of the body part of Sati. Kamakhya in Assam is where the Yoni (vagina) of Sati fell and is considered a very powerful
centre of Shakti (female) worship. Kamakhya is worshipped by the Tantriks (spiritual person).

30) Manipur: (East India)


Surrounded by Nagaland, Assam, Mizoram and Burma, Manipur was the ancient city of Mahabharata times. Manipur’s King Chitravahan had a
daughter named Chitraganda. She was married to Arjun and had a valorous son named Babhruvahan. After King Chitravahan died,
Babhruvahan was crowned the King of Manipur as Chitravahan did not have any son. Babhruvahan had taken part in the Rajsurya Yagya
performed by the Pandavas.

31) Sindhu Desh: (Sindh- Punjab, Mohan-jo-Daro)


The ancient Sindhu Desh of Mahabharata time was famous for art-literature and commerce-business. The King Jaydrath of Sindhu desh was
married to Dushaala, daughter of Dhritrashtra. In the war of Mahabharata, Jaydrath supported the Kauravas. Jaydrath was the chief reason of
the death of Arjun’s son Abhimanyu who was caught up in the Chakravyuh. To take revenge of Abhimanyu’s death, Arjun killed Jaydrath.

32) Matsya Desh: (North Rajasthan)


Matsya Desh located in the North region of present day Rajasthan was one of the chief states of the Mahabharata times. Its capital was
Viraatnagari. Pandavas had lived here at the King Viraat’s palace in the disguise for one year as they were to live incognito after the exile.
During this time, King Viraat’s brother-in-law and commander Kichak set a bad eye on Draupadi and was killed by Bhima. Arjun’s son
Abhimanyu was married to King Viraat’s daughter Uttara. There is a mention of Matsya Desh even in the Vedic times.

33) Muchhkand Tirth: (Dhoulpur, Rajasthan)


In the times of Mahabharata, there was a dangerous mountain range in Dhoulpur, Rajasthan. After winning over Mathura, when Kaalyavan
followed Krishna, Krishna hid himself in a cave in this mountain range and covered Muchhkand who was sleeping there with his Pitambar
(yellow cloth). Kaalyavan woke up Muchhkand and moment Muchhkand set his eyes on Kaalyavan, he was reduced to ashes. After the war of
Mahabharata when the Pandavas left for Himalayas and after Krishna’s departure to Golok, Kalyug first stepped here.

34) Patan: (Mehsana, Gujarat)


Patan, situated near Mehsana, Gujarat was a famous commercial city in the Mahabharata period. It is said that in the Dwapar Age there was
Hidimbvan around this city. During the period of their exile, the Pandavas had come here and it was here only Bhima killed a demon named
Hidimb and married his sister Hidimba.

35) Vardayini Dham: (Rupalnagar, near Kalol, Gujarat)


Rupalnagar was known as Rupavati during the time of Mahabharata. While going to Viraatnagari, Pandavas had performed a pooja of Bhagwati
Arya over here. As this place was blessed by the Pandavas, the Devi was named Vardayini and the place was named Vardayini Dham. There is
a very big temple of Devi Bhagwati over here and devotees in many numbers come to this temple.

36) Dwarka: (Gujarat)


This is situated on the west coast of Gujarat and is an ancient city of the Mahabharata period. To protect the Yadavas from on and off attacks
of Jarasandh, Lord Krishna shifted his capital from Mathura to Dwarka. In fact, there are two Dwarka cities. One is on the banks of River
Gomati where Krishna settled the Yadavas and carried on the administration work of the state from there and the second one Bet Dwarka
where the citizens resided. Marine Archeologists have found the sunken remains of Bet-Dwarka off the coast of Gujarat. It is estimated to be a
couple of thousand years old.

37) Prabhas: (west coast of Gujarat)


This is the famous place of pilgrimage located on the west seacoast of Gujarat. Dwarka is also located within this region. During the
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Yaduvanshis fought amongst themselves and died. It was in Prabhas that Lord Krishna was injured with the arrow of a hunter and left for his
heavenly abode (Golok). After Krishna’s departure the whole area along with Dwarka sunk in the sea. Modern marine –archeologists have
found remains of this old city from under the sea.

38) Avantika: (Ujjaini, Madhya Pradesh)


The present city Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh was famous in the name of Avantika or Avanti during the Mahabharata period. Rishi Sandipani’s
ashram was in Avantika. Lord Krishna and Balram had taken their education (archery and use of weapons) from Sandipani. Avantika is
considered one of the seven holy cities of India. There is Mahakal Ling here, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. That is why Avantika
is also called the city Of Mahakal.

39) Chedi: (Gwalior region, Madhya Pradesh)


Located between the River Ganga and Narmada in Madhya Pradesh, the city of Chedi was a grand city of the Mahabharata time. Shishupal, the
King of Chedi was the maternal cousin of Shri Krishna. Shishupal wanted to marry Rukmani but Krishna abducted her and got married to her.
Because of this, Shishupal always remained angry with Krishna. While performing the Rajsurya Yagya, when Yudhishthir wanted to give
Krishna chief position, Chedi King Shishupal scandalized Krishna and told him all sort of words. At this, Krishna killed him. During the war of
Mahabharata, the residents of Chedi supported the Kauravas.

40) Shonitpur: (Itarasi, Madhya Pradesh)


Shonitpur, a famous city during the Mahabharata time, was located near Suhagpur few kilometers away from Itarasi in Madhya Pradesh. This
ancient city was the capital of Banasur. Banasur’s daughter Usha was married to Aniruddha, grandson of Lord Krishna. There is a temple of
Lord Narsinha and is considered to be a place of pilgrimage.

41) Vidarbha: (Vidarbha Pradesh)


King Bhismak of Vidarbha, capital of Vidarbha Pradesh was a valorous person. At the time of the Surya Yagya organized by the Pandavas, he
had captured the horse of the yagya. Due to this there was a fight between him and Sahadev and he was defeated. Bhismak was Jarasandh’s
friend and considered Krishna as his enemy. Shri Krishna had kidnapped his daughter Rukmani and married her.

42) Yayaatipur: (Cuttack, Orissa)


Orissa’s present region Jajpur was known as Yayaatipur in the times of Mahabharata. The River Vaitarni flows from near this region. Pandavas,
along with Maharshi Lomesh had offered Pind -dan (oblation of cooked rice to the manes- i.e. the spirit of those who are dead) to their
ancestors over here. According to an ancient description, Brahmaji had performed ten Ashvamedh Yagya on the banks of River Vaitarni due to
which this place became famous as a holy city.

Mountains of Mahabharata period


A) Himalayas: (border of North India)
This is the tallest Mountain of India. It is spread over from Kashmir in the North to Assam in the East. After the war of Mahabharata, the
Pandavas had been on to the Himalayas and left for their heavenly abode from here. It was here only when Yudhishthir sat on the divine
chariot to leave for the heaven, he met Lord Indra. According to the ancient stories, Himalaya is the father of Parvati and father-in-law of Lord
Shiva. Lord Shiva’s abode Kailash Parvat is also located here. River Ganga is famous as the eldest daughter of Himalaya.

B) Indrakil: (one of the mountains of Himalaya Ranges)


Mandarachal, one of the mountains of the Himalayan range is also called Indrakil. After loosing everything in gamble, when Pandavas went to
the Himalayas for penance, Arjun had performed deep penance on the Indrakil Mountain. It was on this Mountain, Lord Shiva in the disguise of
a hunter fought with Arjun. On being pleased with valor of Arjun in the fight, Lord Shiva presented him Pashupat Astra.

C) Govardhan: (near Mathura, Uttar Pradesh)


Govardhan Mountain is forty kilometers from Mathura. Krishna is credited to have held aloft this hill as a canopy. This was done in order to
vanquish the pride of the rain god, Indra. After Krishna protected the inhabitants of Vraj Vrindavan from the wrath of Indra, he counseled
them to worship Govardhan hill and they did by way of a Puja (worship) and a Parikrama (circumambulation) around the hill. Thus, a festival
in commemoration of the lifting of Mount Govardhan by Krishna came into vogue as 'Govardhan Puja' when Mount Govardhan is worshipped,
the day after Deepawali (festival of lights) is celebrated. Pious people keep awake the whole night and cook 56 (or 108) different types of food
for the bhog (the offering of food to God) to Krishna. This ceremony is called 'ankut' or 'annakuta' which means a mountain of food.
Govardhan Parikrama (circumambulation — going 38 kilometers (24 mi) around the hill) is a sacred ritual performed by many believers as
spiritual purification.

D) Vindhyachal: (Central India)


Located in the central India, Vindhyachal Mountain was an inaccessible Mountain in the Mahabharata time. According to the story of
Mahabharata, once egoistic Vindhyachal asked Lord Surya to circumambulate him and when Surya refused to do so, Vindhyachal lifted himself
higher than Surya (Sun) and hindered the way of Lord Surya. Then on the devtas’ request Rishi Agastya went to Vindhya. When Vindhyachal
bowed to Agastya he blessed him asking him to remain bent till he came back. Agastya went away in the South and never returned. Since
then Vindhyachal is standing bent.

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E) Revatak: (near Junagadh, Gujarat)


The Revatak Mountain near Junagadh in Gujarat is also known as Girnar. This Mountain is near Dwarka. Arjun had abducted Subhadra from
near this Mountain and later with Krishna’s approval married her.

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