15 kms away from Mathura, lies Govardhan hill where Lord Krishna is worshipped by doing parikrama around the Govardhan hill since Lord Krishna lifted the Govarhan parvat on his little finger to protect the villagers from raining wrath of Indra and to break the Indra Ego.
Distance of Goverdhan Parikrama is considered of 7 kosh ( 21 kilometers ). It consist parikrama of Goverdhan hill & Radha kund. Goverdhan parikrama should be done bare foot with chanting the names or songs dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha.
Govardhan Parikrama can be done by employing one of the following ways.
On Bare foot: Mostly peoples do parikrama on foot , this parikrama generally can be completed in 4 to 7 hours depending on devotees strength and walking speed.
Doodh Dhara: This ritual of Parikrama is considered to be even better if is it done with milk. A clay pot filled with milk, with a hole at the bottom, is carried by the devotees in one hand and a pot filled with dhoop (incense smoke) in another. An escort continuously fills up the pot with milk till the parikrama is completed. This kind of parikrma takes around 7 to 12 hours because holding milk pot requires caution and speed of parikarama gets slower.
Dandvat: Dandavata Parikrama is performed by standing in one spot, offering obeisances like a stick (danda) by lying flat on the ground and then continuing, contiguously, till the entire route is covered. This kind of parikrama can take anywhere between 4 to 7 days.
Moksh Dandvat: It is performed by doing 108 or 1008 obeisances in one spot before moving to the next. This takes quite a long time to complete.
Those who are physically challenged or old or are unable to take the parikrama by foot due to physical issues . They are advised to complete the parikrama by sitting in rickshaw , tonga ( Horse cart ) or by Car.