Govardhan puja has its origins in Bhagavata, the story of Lord Krishna. As Krishna was growing as a child in Gokul, the people of Gokul has an annual festival to worship Lord Indra. However, little Krishna said, it was more appropriate to worship the hill of Govardhan in their village which gave them food, fodder, and woods and supported their livelihoods. People accepted this idea and they worshipped the hill of Govardhan on the dedicated day.
Indra’s wrath and defeat
Lord Indra felt insulted and hence was infuriated. He sent torrential rains on the land of Gokul to trouble the folks. Lord Krishna lifted the hill of Govardhan on his little fingers and saved the people from the wrath of Indra. Seeing this miracle, Indra felt humbled, realized the divinity of Lord Krishna and asked for Krishna’s pardon. Since then the Govardhan puja became a famous event among the devotees of Lord Krishna.
Govardan puja activities
The Govardhan puja is also known by the name Annakoot puja. Celebrated a day after Diwali, people prepare what is known as Chappan Bhog, a grand vegetarian meal consisting of 56 items. This food is first offered to gods. During the puja, an image of Govardhan hill is made in clay or cow dung and decorated in many ways.
Govardhan puja procedure
The different offerings made to the grandly decorated image of Govardhan hill are sugarcanes, curds, fresh milk, peda, batasha, laddoos, lamp, roli and rice. After the puja, some batasha is left on the puja plate and given to someone along with some money.