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Govardhan Puja is more than what you think it is…

Created by Asttrolok in Astrology 30 Aug 2023
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Govardhan Puja is more than what you think it is…
Govardhan Puja is a Hindu event held every year. This event is notable because it is associated with food and nutrition. People also refer to it as Annakut Puja. On this day, people prepare 56 different types of food to bring to Lord Krishna. Devotees execute this ceremony to express their gratitude to God. According to legend, today is the day when Lord Krishna raises Govardhan Parvat (mountain) to offer refuge for all the people and animals of Vrindavan. Furthermore, this story exemplifies how Lord Krishna fulfills his responsibilities to his devotees.

During the Govardhan Puja holiday, a great gala is arranged, and people cook a variety of foods to gift to their Gods. This day honors Lord Krishna's devotion to His disciples. On this day, people prepare to worship idols of Lord Govardhan, offer him food, and seek his blessings. This day also serves as a reminder for devotees to express their gratitude to God. Furthermore, this event has a large following both in the country and throughout the world. On this day, people from many regions and religions worship.

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  • According to the Hindu calendar, this event takes place in the month of Kartik on the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha. Every year, according to the Gregorian calendar, it falls in October or November. It is observed on the day after the celebration of Deepawali.

  • Govardhan Puja takes place during the Holy Week of Deepawali celebrations. Every year, it is celebrated on the fourth day of the week-long Diwali festival.

  • Govardhan is a combination of two words: Go, which means cow, and Vardhan, which signifies nourishment. Govardhan Puja is a festival dedicated to the adoration of Lord Krishna. People worship Govardhan hill and Lord Krishna on this day.

  • The start of Govardhan Puja is determined by the beginning of Pratipada. Govardhan Puja is usually held on the same day as Gujarati New Year.

  • On Govardhan Puja, people worship Lord Krishna to express their thanks. Honoring Mother Nature has long been significant in Hinduism. Govardhan Puja is dedicated to the preservation of natural resources. It also conveys a message about how nature safeguards us. The primary reason for worshipping Govardhan Parvat on Govardhan Puja commemorates how nature protects all in times of danger.


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History Following the Govardhan Puja Festival



  • Everyone is aware of Lord Indra's pompous demeanor. Similarly, Lord Indra and Lord Krishna have been associated with the observance of Govardhan puja throughout history. According to ancient legendary accounts, humans used to bring extravagant dinners to Lord Indra at Braj. Lord Indra responds by promising excellent and sufficient rain to nurture their crops.

  • Because Lord Krishna does not believe in God, he asks for anything in exchange for people's well-being. However, he believes it is a high price for impoverished farmers to pay. Furthermore, Lord Krishna instructs the farmers not to make lavish tributes to Lord Indra. Following this, all of the people agree with Lord Krishna and cease sacrificing to Lord Indra.

  • This enrages Lord Indra and makes him feel unappreciated. He takes the lead and brings torrential rain, flooding the community. As a result, the people begin to pray to Lord Krishna to save their lives. Lord Krishna, on the other hand, comes to the rescue, lifting the Govardhan Parvat (mountain) on his little finger.

  • All of the locals then seek sanctuary beneath the Govardhan Parvat. As a result, Lord Krishna saves the peasants from Lord Indra's wrath. However, the rain persists for seven days in a row.

  • Finally, Lord Krishna's charity and love for humanity triumph against Indra's arrogance. Furthermore, this causes Lord Indra to cease the torrential rain. Furthermore, this entire affair is known as Govardhan Lila.


Rules & Procedures for the Govardhan Puja


On the day of Govardhan Puja, Lord Agni, Lord Varun, and Lord Indra are worshipped alongside Lord Krishna and Gau or Cow. The following are the customary ceremonies observed on this day.

Govardhan Puja Requires the Following Ingredients:

  • Cow feces

  • Sticks of sugarcane

  • Flowers, curd, raw milk, and honey

  • Fruits and incense

  • Crystalized Sugar, Gangajal, or Mishri

  • Sweets such as Peda, Batashe, and Laddoos, among others

  • Roli or Sacred Thread

  • Akshat

  • Lamps made of clay

  • A single silver coin


How Do You Do Govardhan Puja?



  • Wake up early on Govardhan Puja morning and wear clean clothing after a bath.

  • Create a Govardhan Parvat or Hill out of cow dung and adorn it with flowers.

  • Place a clay lamp on the navel of the Hill and ignite it.

  • Then, on the lamp, pour the curd, honey, raw milk, Gangajal, and mishri.

  • Offer delicacies like Peda, Batashe, and Laddoos, as well as rice and roli or holy thread.

  • Recite the Lakshmi Katha after that. The Silver Coin must be presented to the person reciting the Katha.The following mantra must then be repeated to satisfy Lord Krishna:


Govardhan Puja Annakoot



  • The Annakut or Annakoot ritual is performed at homes or temples on the auspicious day of Govardhan Puja. Annakut means a large combination of cereals presented to Lord Krishna as a Bhoga on the day of Govardhan Puja.

  • On this auspicious occasion, people cook Khichdi made of Bajra or Pearl Millet coupled with deep-fried bread or Puri as an offering in some regions. Since the meal is initially served to Lord Krishna, ingredients like onion and garlic are not utilized in its preparation.

  • As a Bhoga, sweets made of milk and milk products are also available. On this day, some temples have all-night vigils or Jagrans, and people perform traditional dances. Finally, these Bhogas are handed to the general public.


Govardhan Puja Annakut Rituals


  • According to the Vikram Samvat Calendar, Annakut, also known as Annakoot, is the first day of the New Year. The Annakut Puja preparations include preparing the Annakut Bhoga as a gift to Lord Krishna. This Bhoga is made up of 56 distinct types of meals made from grains and veggies.

  • The idol of Lord Krishna is washed in raw milk before being decorated with magnificent clothing and jewels. The Almighty is then served Chappan Bhoga, and the Govardhan Aarti is chanted at the conclusion. This Bhoga is then handed to the masses as Prasad.


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