Govardhan Pooja 2018
Govardhan Pooja 2018: celebrates on the next day of Diwali on ‘Karthik Shukla Prati pada’. It is celebrated on the basis of a mythological story. Govardhan Pooja is also familiar as ‘ANNAKUT’. Farmers perform Govardhan Pooja with a great fond. They worship Govardhan Mountain and thank the nature by performing the Pooja. On this day people worship the cow with a great significance. However, Celebrations of Govardhan Pooja gives us a message that we are dependent upon everything in nature and animals, so we must thank them.
Why ‘Govardhan Pooja’ is celebrated?
As per the legends, the Celebrations of Govardhan Pooja is the victory of Lord Krishna over Lord Indra. Once, Lord Krishna went on to the Govardhan Mountain for grazing his cattle. There he saw some women were singing, dancing and celebrating. He asked the women for the reason behind their celebrations. In reply, the women told, today we are worshipping Lord Indra, the God of rain and storm. It will rain if we please Lord Indra with our worship. On hearing this, Lord Krishna told, there is no special power of Lord Indra. Govardhan Mountain is more powerful than him. It rains because of this mountain. We have to worship Govardhan Mountain instead of worshipping Lord Krishna.
Agreeing with the words of Lord Krishna everyone started worshipping Govardhan Mountain. Lord Indra gets angry after knowing that, he orders the clouds to rain furiously on Govardhan Mountain. All the people were afraid of heavy rain and went to Lord Krishna for help. Then Lord Krishna lifted up the Govardhan Mountain and sheltered them for seven days. Because of this, the proud of Lord Indra ended in this way and regretted Krishna. He told to the people to worship Govardhan Mountain every year. From that day, people began to celebrate ‘Govardhan Pooja’.
The Traditions of Govardhan Pooja:
People worship Govardhan Mountain by offering ‘Annakut’. Annakut means different types of foods. They sing, dance with great pleasure. They consider Mountain Govardhan as real God shelter in critical conditions and save their lives and believes that it saves them forever. Govardhan Dhari Ji will prepare through the heap of cow dung and decorates it with flowers and food. Deities are bathed with milk and decorate with new clothes and jewelry. They worship with prayers, Bhog and Aarti.
Celebrations of Govardhan Pooja:
Majorly North Indians will celebrate Govardhan Pooja. In Maharashtra, it is familiar as Bali Podva or Bali Pratipada on behalf of Lord Vishnu’s victory over demon King. Gujarat people celebrate it as New Year in the month of ‘Karthik’ on ‘Shukla Paksha Prati pada’.