Devotees begin Lili Parikrama from Bhavnath temple in Gujarat
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 16:00
Vadodara: Heavy rains lashing Junagadh district of Gujarat did not dampen the spirits of lakhs of devotees undertaking the 'Lili Parikrama' at the foothills of Mount Girnar.

The Parikrama (circumambulation) began last midnight from Bhavnath temple and will end at the same place on November 22.

According to a legend, the Girnar Hills is home to 33 crore gods. Those undertaking its Parikrama said "it provides us opportunity to worship all these gods at a time."

Gujarat Finance minister Vajubhai Vala lighted the lamp marking the beginning of this parikrama in the presence of saints and religious leaders. He praised the spirit of the devotees who thronged the temple despite heavy showers in Junagadh.

During this parikrama, a fair is organised by local people, sadhus, and police and forest department officials. The pilgrimage on foot takes four days.

Of the seven peaks of Girnar, five--Ambamata, Gorakhnath, Augadh, Guru Dattatreya and Kalika--are considered to be very important. Devotees visit the Bhavnath Shiv temple, Bhartruchari caves, Sorath Mahal, Bhim Kund and Shiv Kund during the ritual.

According to official sources, the fair and parikrama is likely to be attended by around 6 lakh people from different parts of the country.

The parikrama is celebrated by worshipping Lord Shiva and people start walking on the identified tracks day and night. The administration has taken up number of steps for making it a smooth affair.

The entire Girnar hill pathways are lighted up devotees, who continue walking enjoying 'bhajans' and 'raas mandlis' and the folk music during nights. This journey ends on the full moon night at the Bhavnath temple.


First Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 16:00

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