With religious significance, divine ambiance and beautiful Hindu architecture, Daan Ghati Mandir is reckoned to be one of the two major Hindu temples in Govardhan. The literal meaning of the term Daan Ghati is ‘donation valley’ for. The presiding deity of this popular shrine in Govardhan is manifested in the form of rock which is believed to be degrading into soil by few millimetres every year. However, there is no proven evidence of the same. Situated between Mathura and Kamvana, the temple of Daan Ghati is the starting point for the trail to Parikrama Marg (the road that allows devotees to circle around the Govardhan Hill barefooted). Being located on one of the two Parikrama routes, there is a ritual of performing a pilgrimage of Daan Ghati Mandir before commencing the parikrama of Govardhan hill.
Since its establishment, the temple has undergone numerous architectural changes. However, the present one is the classic Hindu architectural style which is loved by everyone. Devotees who perform pilgrimage at Daan Ghati Mandir offer milk, sweets and milk products to the deity. On festivals and special occasions, ‘chhappan bhog’ is offered to idols that include 56 varieties of offerings. Over the years, the temple of Daan Ghati Mandir has become one of the most significant tourist attractions in Govardhan and is visited by numerous pilgrims every year.
The temple of Daan Ghati remains open all days of the year from morning to evening.
Winter is considered to be the best time to visit Daan Ghati Mandir in Govardhan as the season enjoys cool, calm and pleasant weather conditions throughout the state. The season starts in the month of October and lasts until March.