The Forest Pilgrimage as Darsan

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Owen M. Lynch. (2022). The Forest Pilgrimage as Darsan: Journal of Vaishnava Studies. Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 1(4). Retrieved from


On 12 Septemeber 1981 Iset out omn the most extraordinary journey of my life. I had come to the pilgrimage place of Krishna's birthplace, Mathura about 100 miles south of New Delhi, to make the forest Pilgrimage or, as it is also called, 160 mile Pilgrimage of Braj, tha land of Krishna's childhood play. Having the day before taken on river Yumnaji's holy waters vows to avoid lust, anger attachments to the world and greed; to walk barefoot and obey my guide and to refrain from using soap in cleaning myself or my garments as well as grm breaking tree branches or trampling vegetation, I anxiously bobbled on tender feet towwards the village of Madhuban. 

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