About Govardhan Parvath
Govardhan is situated 26 km west of Mathura on the state highway to
Deeg. A famous place of Hindu pilgrimage, Govardhan parvat is located on a
narrow sandstone hill known as Giriraj which is about 8 km in length.
The young Lord Krishna is said to have held Giriraj giri up on the tip of a
finger for 7 days and nights to shield the people of Braj from the
deluge of rain sent down by Lord Indra.
Govardhan giri is set along the edge of a large masonry tank known as the Mansi
Ganga, which is believed to have been brought into existence by the
operation of the divine will.
enclosures were built by Raja Bhagwan Das of Amer in 1637 and embellished by
Raja Man Singh, who built a long flight of steps leading up, from the end of
Close by is the famous red sandstone temple of Haridev and the kusum
sarovar with exquisitely carved chhatris-the centaphs of the members of the
royal family of Bharatpur, who perished whilst fighting against the British
Towards the south is the beautiful chhatri of Raja Surajmal of Bhartpur.
Fine frescoes-illuminating the life of Surajmal, vividly depict darbar and
hunting scenes, royal processions and wars.