Govardhan Puja

What is Govardhan Puja:

Govardhan Puja is also known as Annakut; the word means a heap of grains. Govardhan Puja is a festival to worship Lord Krishna and Govardhan Parvat or Mount Govardhan. This is the fourth day of Diwali and is celebrated in commemoration of lifting the mountain Govardhan by Lord Krishna on his finger tip. It is the last day of the festival Diwali which is on the new moon day of the month of November according to Hindu lunar calendar. This year it falls on 14th November, 2012.


The day following the Amavasya is "Kartik Shuddh Padwa" and it is only on this day King Bali who was killed by Lord Rama would come out of Patala Loke and rule Bhuloke as per the boon given by Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is also known as "Bali Padyami". This day also marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and Vikram Samvat(Hindu New year) was started from this Padwa day.

History of Govardhan Puja:

Govardhan is a small hillock situated at 'Braj', near Mathura. The legends in 'Vishnu Puraan' have it that the people of Gokul used to worship and offer prayer to Lord Indra for the rains because they believed that it was he who sent rains for their welfare. But Lord Krishna told them that it was Govardhan Parvat and not Lord Indra who caused rains, therefore they should worship the former and not the latter.
People did the same and it made Lord Indra so furious that the people of Gokul had to face very heavy rains as a result of his anger. Then Lord Krishna came forward to ensure their security lifted Govardhan as an umbrella on the little finger of his right hand so that everyone could take shelter under it. After this event Lord Krishna was also known as Giridhari or Govardhandhari.

Celebrations On Govardhan Puja (Annakut):

The fourth day of Diwali celebrations is also observed as Annakut, which means 'mountain of food'. On this auspicious day, people prepare fifty-six or one hundred and eight different varieties of delicious dishes to offer Lord Krishna as 'Bhog'. In the temples, specifically in Mathura and Nathdwara, the deities are given milk bath, dressed in new shining attires and decorated with ornaments. Then they are worshipped, offered prayers and bhajans and also offered delicious sweets, fruits and eatables that are ceremoniously raised in the form of a mountain before the idols.


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