Girnar Lili Parikrama from Monday midnight

Junagadh, 01 November 2014

2 SRP company, 10 DySP, 18 PI, 91 ISO, 982 police men, 84 women police, 183 traffic police, 400 home guards, 400 Gramya Rakshak Dal(GRD) jawans will guard annual Girnar Lili Parikrama this year which is to begin at midnight on Monday with a shot of fire in air as per tradition.

Five days long parikrama will vover three halts in forest. 10 government departments are involved in its preparations.

Total route covers 36 km distance. Forest department will camp at 30 places while police department at 44 places on route. 87 annakshetra and parab will serve pilgrims.

150 state transport buses will carry pilgrims to parikrama route. 3 trackers team will keep vigil over yatra route. District administration has not allowed advance parikrama.

As many as 15,000 pilgrims are camping in Bhavnath taleti area waiting for Praikrama to begin officially. After its begining near Rupayatan, parikrama will halt at Jinabava Madhi first, later on second day it will take halt at Sarkadia Hanuman, third halt will be at Bordevi.. Additional district magistrate has finalized ten points for parking of vehicles for parikrama pilgrims.

Around one million Hindus take part in Girnar’s annual Lili Parikrama(Green pradakshina or circumlocution) which begins on Kartik 11 to 15 every year as per Gujarati calendar.

Girnar the tallest mountain of Gujarat is 6 km. from Junagadh city.

According to popular belief, after winning the war at Kurukshetra, Pandavas had done the parikarma to seek God’s blessings.

As the stretch of the Parikrama passes through the forest, it is an adventurous trip for the youngsters. After the rainfall, the ponds and rivers are full of water adding to the scenic beauty of the forest and hills.Youngsters see it as solving a dual purpose. They complete a ritual as they enjoy the beauty of Gir forest.

At first glance this photograph seems like just another picture. But if you look at it properly, you would be amazed to notice that there’s a side face that resembles with the face of yogi that is popularly worshiped as Girnari Maharaj; a form of Lord Shiva in Saurashtra region.

Devotees believe this place represents Lord Shiva’s face. Photograph above is real and without trick. Same photograph is presented vertically below in which you will be able to clearly notice a face.