Panch Koshi Parikrama is the most significant festival for women in India. It is said that Panch Koshi Parikrama completes only if someone visits all 5 sites decided by Religious Priests of Hindu Religion. These 5 places are Kardmeshwar, Bhimchandi , Rameshwar , Shivpur and Kapildhara.
The Total route covers a distance 88.5 Km ( 55.2 miles) where their exist 108 Shrines (Temples) and Sacred sites.
Date of Panchkoshi Yatra
Start Date : 17 July 2019
End Date : 15 August 2019
Panchkoshi Yatra Distance , Shrines(Temple) and Site (Place)
| Starting Palce
|| To the Halt (Over Night)
|| Distance (KM)
|| No.of Shrines (Temples)
|| Manikarnika Ghat
| Total :
|| 88.5 KM
How is Panch Koshi Parikrama performed in Varanasi
This parikrama has great importance from the ancient time and known for its elaborate ritualistic practices of taking rounds of all 5 places spread across India. The procession of Panch Koshi Parikrama starts from the Manikarnika Ghat at Varanasi as well as ends at the same ghat. Women in Varanasi wake up very early in the morning .
Before Starting the pilgrimage one has to take a vow (sankalpa) at the shrine of Dhundi Vinayaka (Dhundhiraja). Dhundhiraja as the beloved child of Parvati (Bhavani) after that taking a holy bath in the sacred water of river Ganges at the Manikarnika Ghat. They wear new clothes while taking parikrama of the five places. They do not eat anything while taking parikrama. They eat only after they complete their parikrama.
Significance of Panch Koshi Parikrama
Panch Koshi Parikrama is a small parikrama held every year in various cities of the country. Generally, it is organized according to the Hindu Calendar and Panchangam in smaller circuits which ends at the beginning point after some days of journey (almost two, three or five days). Panch Koshi Parikramas are quite simple and less time taking than other parikramas in order to make them suitable and secure for families and old age people.
Panch Koshi Parikramas are considered as spiritual walk performed by the devotees all around the holy places. They need to be end at the place where they start. It is performed on the Ekadasi at many important places such as ISKON temple, Madan Mohan temple (Vrindavan), The KaliyaGhat (Vrindavan), Krishna Balarama temple (Vrindavan), Katyayinimata temple, Gautam Rishi Ashrama, The Tekari Rani temple (Vrindavan), The Krishna Balarama tree (Vrindavan), red sandstone tower, small wooden bridge, ImliTila, The ImliTila tree, Sringar Vat, The KesiGhat (Vrindavan), The Jagannath temple, etc.