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Girnar Parikrama is a massive annual event for Hindus. More than ten lakh pilgrims come to Girnar to carry out the procession. The procession of sadhus and pilgrims begins and ends, at the Bhavanat Temple. This festival takes place on the 11th day of the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. This procession is the backbone of the economy of Junagarh.

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The Occasion of Girnar Parikrama

The massive Girnar Yatra, also known as the Girnar Parikrama is a 36-kilometre long event. Beginning at Rupayatan or the Dhudeshwar Temple in Bhavnath, the procession goes through the Gir Forest area and ends at Girnar Taleti.

This 5-day sacred walk through the woods is believed to be a 5000-year-old tradition that was even mentioned in the holy Shiva Purana. The Girnar Parikrama is said to be a unifying event as people from all backgrounds rush to take part in it.

Places Covered in the Girnar Parikrama

The course of the Girnar Parikrama is divided as follows:

First Part
The first twelve-kilometre stretch starts at Bhavnath and touches upon Zina Bava Ni Madhi through the dense forests of Ghodi. Here, the Hasnapur Dam is a major attraction as it is the biggest dam in Junagadh. The temple of Chandramauleshwar can also be found on the way. 

Second Part
The second course of eight kilometres resumes at Zina Bava Ni Madhi and goes up until Malvela, which is, in turn, a pretty temple en route.

Travellers could also reach Malvela via the Sarkhadiya Hanuman Temple, which is located within a thicket, thus increasing the chances of either seeing wild animals or hearing them. Suraj Kund is another attraction close to the Hanuman temple.

Third Part
The next eight-kilometre walk is from Malvela to Bordevi. The latter sites a temple dedicated to the goddess Bordevi here. However, this is the last spot in the procession, with the remaining distance of eight kilometres being the return to Bhavnath from Bordevi. 

How to Reach the Girnar Yatra

Since the procession begins at Bhavnath, travellers can take a bus or a cab from nearby places to reach the Girnar Parikrama. However, the Junagadh Railway Station is the nearest railhead, which is about 8 km from Bhavnath.

The GSRTC Junagadh Bus Stop is the closest as well, which is located about 6.5 to 7.5 km from Bhavnath. Besides personal transport, buses are the most efficient modes to reach the starting point of the Girnar Yatra.  

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