Lili Parikrama (Green Pradakshina or circumambulation) around Mount Girnar in Junagadh district starts from the temple of Bhavnath and also ends there, under the belief that all the 33 crore gods live in Girnar. The fair is organized by local people, sadhus, police and forest department officials. The pilgrimage on foot, formerly 12 miles which is now curtailed to 6 miles since 150 years ago, takes 4 days.
Of the seven peaks of Girnar, five are important viz., Ambamata, Gorakhnath, Augadh, Guru Dattatreya and Kalika. The Bhavnath Shiv temple, Bhartruchari cave, Sorath Mahal, Bhim Kund and Shiv Kund. Devotees visit these sacred places during the parikrama.
After the rainfall, the ponds and rivers are full of water adding to the scenic beauty of the forest and hills. The fair is attended by around 1 lakh people from all parts of India during the Hindu month of Kartik Sud 11 to 15. The activities include raas and bhajan mandlis, dramas and duhas. Toy stalls, tea and eatable stalls, and stall selling idols etc are also organized to cater the public.
The parikrama is celebrated by worshipping Lord Shiva’s shrine at Bhavnath and people start walking on the identified tracks day and night. The entire Girnar hill pathways are lighted up and there are plenty of sadhu maths where people stop for a while to pay respect to these naga bavas and they continue walking enjoying the bhajan and raas mandlis and the folk music during the nights. Devotees try to end this journey on the full moon night at the Bhavnath temple.Interesting Facts
The Bhavnath temple is cozily nestled at the foot of Mt. Girnar. It is a very old temple. In fact it is believed that its oldness has kept its actual time of origin hidden. The temple has a concurrence of more than 2 lakh people during this event and there are lot of community kitchens which are created to cater to these people during these 4 days and it's interesting to see these temporary kitchen arrangements..History
The legend says even in Shiv Puran, the Girnar hills which is named as Revta Chal was the home of 33 crore gods and since that time people have a make believe that all gods are settled here so if we do a Parikrama of Girnar we have worshipped all the gods at a time. That’s why people travel through the track which was identified 150 years ago.Nearby Destinations
Gir National Park is only 60 kms from the Junagadh city. From Junagadh, the city of Porbandar is 112 kms away on the west coast. Equally close 110 kms is Veraval, where the rebuilt temple of Somnath, stands proudly. Further along the coast is the former Portuguese colony of Diu.Calender for next five years
Disclaimer: You are requested to check the exact dates with Gujarat Tourism office before finalising your travel plans for this festival.When
The fair held on the Hindu calendar date of Kartik Sud 11 to 15, during the months of October-November.Where
It is celebrated in the Junagadh district at the foothills of Mount Girnar (the tallest mountain of Gujarat which is 6 kms from the Junagadh city). It commemorates from the Bhavnath temple. The journey takes 4 days and ends at the Bhavnath temple.Who Comes
It is attended by around 1 lakh devotees from all over India, which includes various tribes settled in and around Junagadh district particularly who believe in Lord Shiva. It is also venerated by both Hindus and Jains. The Jains call it Mount Neminath.