Vrindavana is the most famous as well as the most important amongst the twelve sacred forests of Vraja and in the Adi-varaha Purana it says. “O Prthivi, this forest of Vrindavana, is the destroyer of all vices and is protected by Vrindadevi. It is certainly My favorite place. Here I will perform pastimes with the gopis and gopas in all the famous and beautiful places which are beyond the attainment of the demigods.” The Radha-Krishna-Gonaddesha-
The forest of Vrindavana is considered to be situated on the northern petal of the lotus of Vraja, The forest has an individual parikrama of six miles (10 km), which takes about two or three hours to complete. This outer parikrama path is generally performed without stopping at any of the holy places along the way. However, when following the inner parikrama path, one can visit many important holy places including the famous ‘Seven Goswami temples’. The tradition of performing parikrama around Vrindavana was first started by Lord Chaitanya and was continued by the various Gaudiya Goswamis and their followers. Today, the parikrama of Vrindavana is now the most popular of all the parikrama’s in India and on ekadashi and other religious festival days, hundreds and thousands can be seen circumambulating the sacred forest. During the leap-month of Purushottama-masa, thousands perform the dandavata-parikrama of Vrindavana which can take as long as fifteen hours to complete.
gopis and spend the rest of the night embraced in each other’s arms.