The festival of Govardhan Puja is celebrated to honor the deeds of Shri Krishna who saved the people of Gokul town from the anger and wrath of Lord Indra. Many people refer this festival to as Annakut/Annakoot, people celebrate Annakoot by making food pf mountain and serving it to Lord Krishna.
Govardhan Puja – History, Significance & Celebration
Govardhan Puja comes after the festival of lights i.e. Diwali. Diwali in itself is a huge Hindu festival celebrated with huge enthusiasm. There are many festivals which comes around the festival of Diwali. Day 1, we celebrate Naraka Chaturdashi which is also known as choti diwali, on second day we celebrate Diwali. Then after the festival of Diwali, on the third day we celebrate Annakoot or Govardhan Puja and on the last day Bhai Dooj is celebrated which is a festival of brothers and sisters. All these days have several significance and stories. All these festivals are celebrated with varied rituals by different people. These festivals are celebrated all across India by Hindus.
Govardhan Puja Date 2019 : October 28
Govardhan Puja Date 2020 : November 15
Govardhan Puja Date 2021 : November 4
On the day of Govardhan Puja, people prepare large feasts and meals and offer them to Shri Krishna. The food id prepared with the help of food mountain which signifies the importance of Govardhan Parvat.
Devotees prepare around 56 food items as Lord Krishna’s offerings. The festival of Govardhan Puja or Annakut falls on the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha as per the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.
Digging deep into the mythology of Hindus, the people of Gokul and Vrindavan used to follow Lord Indra. They used to offer him large feasts and meals and his honor. Lord Indra is considered to be the God of rains and storms. People of Gokul and Vrindavan did all this to please him for timely rainfall for their harvest. But one day Lord Krishna opposed this pratha and asked the people to worship Govardhan Parvat as Govardhan Parvat used to provide them with food and not Lord Indra. Lord Indra got very angry and showered heavily on the people of Gokul and Vrindavan. Lord Krishna then picked Govardhan Parvat on his little finger and saved all the people from the wrath and anger of Lord Indra. Lord Krishna used to believe that serving Lord Indra with so many feasts and food was a huge burden on the farmers.
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India is a country of festivals and each and every festival is celebrated with huge enthusiasm. On this day people are so charged up and energetic. They perform each and every function with dedication and devotedness.