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This is the basic route that most parikramas of Braja Mandala take. From year to year the exact schedule may change, but this is the basic route that will be taken on Braja Mandala Parikrama. The parikrama visits most of the major pastime places and the 12 main forests in Braja. The parikrama starts in Mathura by bathing at Visrama Ghata. The parikrama then goes clockwise around Braja Mandala. It first heads southwest of Mathura. The parikrama then heads north visiting the seven main forests on the western side of the Yamuna. The parikrama goes south until it reaches Baldeo (Dauji). It then goes back north going through the forest of Mahavana. It then returns to Mathura, where it ends by bathing in Visrama Ghata.

The first day begins by doing parikrama of the town of Vrindavana. The next day the walk is from the town of Vrindavana to Mathura, visiting Akrura Ghata and Yajna Sthani (Yajna-sthala) on the way. After reaching Mathura, there is bathing at Visrama Ghata. Braja Mandala Parikrama usually begins by bathing at Visrama Ghata. The next day is parikrama of Mathura.

The next day the parikrama leaves Mathura. The first forest to be visited is Madhuvana, which is where Dhruva Maharaja performed austerities and Satrughna, the brother of Lord Rama killed the demon Lavanasura. The village that you stay at over night is the small village of Madhuvana, which has almost no facilities

The next forest that is visited is Talavana. This is where Lord Balarama killed the ass-demon, Dhenukasura. You also go throught the forest of Kumudvana, which is where Lord Kapila performed austerities. This day's walk ends at Santanu Kunda, which is in the small village of Satoya.

The next day the walk is from Santanu Kunda to Radha Kunda. On the way one goes to Gandharva Kunda, which is where Gandharvas used to bath; Ghechari, Putana's birthplace; and the forest of Bahulavana. In Bahulavana one visits the Bahula Temple and Bahula Kunda, where the cow named Bahula showed truthfulness. From Bahulavana one then visits the village of Ral and Vasanti. King Vrishabhanu stayed at Vasanti before moving to Varsana. After visiting the village of Ral and Vasanti, one can go to Mukharai, which is the village of Radharani's maternal grandmother, Mukhara. The walk on this day could also end at the village of Ral.

The following day is spent at Radha Kunda seeing the places there.

The next day is Goverdhana parikrama. One of the first places to be visited is the village of Aniyora, where the Annakuta ceremony (Govardhana Puja) was performed. Then comes Sankarsana Kunda. Near Sankarsana Kunda is where Madhavendra Puri discovered the Deity of Gopal. At Petha, Krishna hid from the gopis. Punchari is the southern most point of Govardhana hill. At the tail-end of Govardhana Hill are Navala and Apsara Kundas. The Gandharvas and Apsara bathed here. Next is the Lautha Baba Mandir, which is near Apsara Kunda. Lautha Baba, who is a friend of Sri Krishna, is still waiting for Krishna to come back from Mathura. Visited next is Shyama Dhak, which was Krishna's and Balarama's playground. After visiting Shyama Dhak one comes to Raghava Pandita Gupha (cave), which is the bhajana place of Raghava Pandit. Then comes Jati Pura, which is Madhavendra Puri's village. Then one reaches Uddhava Kunda, which is the place where Uddhava resides as grass.

The next day is the appearance day of Radha Kunda, which is celebrated at 12 midnight. Depending on the schedule of the parikrama this day may be before or after the Govardhana parikrama.

On the next day one walks from Radha Kunda to Dig (Deeg). On the way is Asoka Lata, which is near Kusuma Sarovara. This is where Krishna braided Radharani's hair. At Naradavana, Narada Muni is said to have wrote the Narada Bhakti Sutras. After Asoka Lata comes Chakalesvara Mahadeva Temple and Sanatana Goswami's bhajan kutir. Both these places are right next to each other on the bank of Manasi Ganga, in the town of Govardhana. In the village of Gantholi (Ganthuli), Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to see the Deity of Gopalaji, who was kept in this village for a short time. Then comes Bahaj, which is a village related to Indra. The walk on this day ends in the town of Dig.

The next day the walk is from Dig to Badrinath. On the way one goes to Didavali; Khoh, which is famous for milk products; and Kadamba Kanana, which is a peaceful grove with large Kadamba trees. At Badrinath, there is the Badri-narayana temple and Tapasya Kunda, which is usually very cold. It is a fairly hard walk uphill to reach Badrinath. The temple here is in the middle of no where, on top of a good-sized hill. Badrinath is a peaceful place.

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