Millions throng Mathura, Vrindavan for special prayers
Lakhs of pilgrims have gathered at the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh for special rituals this month, also called 'Purushottam Mas', which is an extra month added to the Hindu calender and is considered auspicious.
On the occasion of Purushottam Ekadashi Sunday, a million people performed "parikrama" of the holy Goverdhan hill, believed to have been lifted by Lord Sri Krishna on his little finger to save his followers from rainfall.
Actor Govinda was also seen visiting the famous Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan Sunday.
All over Braj Mandal - comprising Agra division's six districts Mathura, Agra, Ferozabad, Etah, Mainpuri and Hathras along with Aligarh, Bharatpur in Rajasthan, Morena district of Madhya Pradesh and Palwal in Haryana - religious activities are being organised on a grand scale.
In Agra city, the famous Mathuradheesh temple has organised a month-long programme of festivals, drawing huge crowds.
"The Purushottam Mas, also called Adhik Mas or Mal Mas, will last till May 14. During this month, Sri Krishna devotees from all over throng the Braj area, particularly Goverdhan and Vrindavan for special programmes," said Gopal Chaturvedi, a resident of Vrindavan.