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Govardhan Pooja or Annakut Puja or Annakoot Pooja
This is celebrated on the day after Diwali and in short- it is the fourth day of the Grand Diwali Bash!
To Whom is Govardhan Puja dedicated to?
It is the day people praise and worship Lord Krishna for one reason. He is said to have defeated Lord Indra and protected the human race against his anger.
Who is Lord Krishna?
He is a reincarnation of God Vishnu. Also, he was adopted and looked by Yashoda and Nandji. But his real parents are Vasudev and Devaki.
What the Legend Behind Govardhan Puja?
In a town named Gokul, people used to worship Lord Indra. He was the Lord who controlled the rains needed for Earth.
People made a lot of sacrifices to please him, so that rains came in plenty. This would in turn help their agriculture, and animals to survive and their livelihood would go smoothly.
Krishna and the Govardhan Hill
Krishna also lived in Gokul. He advised people to thank the Govardhan hill for showering rains and helping them get a healthy crop. People stopped praying to Lord Indra and started giving importance to the Govardhan Parvat.
Indra got infuriated and made it a point to punish his followers. He caused heavy rains and floods that began destroying crops, houses and the livestock.
Krishna’a Timely Rescue
Krishna it seems, lifted the Govardhan Parvat on his little yet powerful finger for 7 whole days until the rains stopped and Indra’s anger vanished. So, to this day, people worship and seek blessings from Lord Krishna.
Annakoot Pooja and Chappan Bhog
Annakoot or Annakut means food and this is a day people prepare a lot of dishes and offer to the Lord. The Chappan Bhog or grand meal is a luxurious collection of 56 dishes or more.
The Lord Krishna idol is made of cow dung on this day. Then it is decorated with flowers, clothes and ornaments. In some places, a Mountain to signify the Govardhan hill is made and worshipped.
Cows are precious
They are given a bath and a saffron tilak is applied on them. Flowers, and fruits are given to them.
Over the years, this activity holds a lot of prominence during Govardhan Puja. Both animals and people do get hurt, but still this buffalo fight continues.
Gujarati New Year
In Gujarat, it is regarded as the New Year and people perform a lot of prayers to seek his blessings.
Source: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS
In Maharashtra, it is called as Gudi Padwa. Women, apply tilak and garlands for their husbands, Husbands return gifts to their wives. It signifies a deep bind between the husband and wife.