Parikrama or Pradakshina is clockwise circumambulation of sacred entities. Generally, the parikrama is done after completion of traditional worship and after paying homage to the deity. Parikrama must be done with spiritual contemplation and prayerful mood.
In Vedic tradition, parikarma of deities in a temple, sacred rivers, sacred hills and a close cluster of temples are performed as a symbol of prayer, which is an integral part of worship.
Parikrama is also done around the sacred Peepal tree, Tulsi, and agni (sacred fire or the fire God).
Parikrama instills appreciation for devotional sentiments even within the heart of a neophyte devotee.
Parikrama means “the path surrounding something” in Sanskrit, and is also known as Pradakshina (“to the right”), representing circumambulation. Both words are mostly used in the context of circumambulation of scared entities.
Prikarma is defined as “Circumbulatory or pathway around the temple or hill or river or the dhama. This pathway around the shrine is called Pradakshina path.
There are many glories of visiting the holy places in particularly, places where the Lord performed His pastimes like Vrindavana, Navadwipa etc especially during the Karitka month and during Gaura Purnima time. Many devotees from all around the world participate in these Parikrama like Vraja mandal Parikram and Navadwipa Mandal Parikrama.
Here is an attempt by GBCSPT to take you to the different pastime places of the Lord, in this holy month of Kartika. From anywhere in the world you can experience a transcendental parikrama to the different pastime places of Lord Sri Krishna at Vrindavan and Jagannath Puri.