Panch Koshi Parikrama in Varanasi
Panch Koshi Parikrama is the most significant festival for the women in India. There is a myth that Panch Koshi Parikrama will complete only when the devotee will pass through the five great places that’s why it has named so behind this. The five places of which the devotees have to round up and complete his Panch Koshi Parikrama are Kardmeshwar, Shivpur, Rameshwar, Bhimchandi and Kapildhara.
How to Perform Panchkosi Parikrama in Varanasi
This parikrama has great importance from the ancient time and known for the parikrama of whole 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 and start their parikrama after taking a holy bath in the sacred water of river Gange at the Manikarnika Ghat. They wear new clothes while making parikrama of the five places. They do not eat anything while making parikrama. They start to eat only after they complete their parikrama.
Panchkosi Parikrama in Ayodhya
Ayodhya is a temple city located in Uttar Pradesh state of India where Panchkosi Parikrama is performed for two-days period. Followers of the Panchkosi Parikrama take a holy bath in the water of Saryu River and then go to Parikrama of 15 km distance (periphery of city). Panchkosi Parikrama in this city is performed by the devotees (more than two lac devotees including 50 thousand sadhus) from the cities like Haridwar, Allahabad, Haridwar, Kashi, Mathura, etc. Full security arrangement is given to the devotees by state governement at this religious occasion in order to assure safety and promote tourism in this city.
Significance of Panch Koshi Parikrama
Panchkoshi Parikrama is a small parikrama held every year in various cities of the country. Generally, it is organized according to the Hindu Colander and Panchang in smaller circuits which ends at the beginning point after some days of journey (almost two, three or five days). Panchkoshi 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.
Panchkoshi Parikramas are considered as spiritual walk performed by the devotees all around the holy places. They need to be end at the palce where they start. It is performed on the Ekadasi at many important places such as Iskon temple, Madan Mohan temple (Vrindavan), The Kaliya Ghat (Vrindavan), Krishna Balarama temple (Vrindavan), Katyayini mata temple, Gautam Rishi Ashrama, The Tekari Rani temple (Vrindavan), The Krishna Balrama tree (Vrindavan), red sandstone tower, small wooden bridge, Imli Tela, The Imli Tela tree, Sringar Vat, The Kesi Ghat (Vrindavan), The Jagannath temple, etc.