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Aftermath of Diwali – Govardhan Puja 2011

Posted on October 12, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment


Yes you are all ready to celebrate Diwali. Amidst all these  celebrations, when the festival of Diwali gets over, the party has not ended. Yes the day after Diwali is celebrated as Govardhan Puja. Have you heard of this? If you have, then go ahead and celebrate it on October 27, this year as the year 2011 sees the Govardhan Puja date as October 27. This is the day when the mountain Govardhan is prayed and worshipped for in India. Well, this is the mountain that Lord Krishna had once picked up. So in Mathura the people normally stay awake the whole night. They actually cook around 56 types of food. It is called Bhog.. The entire ceremony of feeding Lord Krishna with the Bhog is called Annakut meaning a mountain of food. The entire ceremony is called the Govardhan Puja. The food includes cereals, vegetables, fruit, chutneys, salads and pickles. The Deity is given all these food and then the food is distributed as Prasad to all the devotes who witness this lovely celebration. The entire process Is done to celebrate the lifting of the Mount Govardhan by Lord Krishna.

Govardhan Puja

So if you are in any part of India during Diwali, do head to Mathura and witness this very unique festival which is not common across the country but is very popular in these places of North India. It is said that before the Indian god Lord Krishna was born, the God of Heaven Indra wanted to exhibit his power over our Lord Krishna. So he created a cloud burst which started flooding the whole country. People thought that this would stop but this became an incessant rainfall which never stopped and the whole of the country started getting flooded. Everyone prayed and hoped that woe didn’t befall them. The villagers and the locals were afraid that the entire downpour was because of Lord Indra. But Lord Krishna, assured them that nothing would happen to them. So he lifted the Mount Govardhan, with his small finger and protected the land beneath from getting wet. The little finger had so much strength as to lift the heavy mountain. That was the power of Lord Krishna. All the trees, animals and human beings were thus protected from the onslaught of the floods. This entire episode became very popular and Lord Krishna became all the more the favourite of all. Everyone started calling him Govardhandhari meaning the one who bore Mount Govardhan.

Govardhan Puja in India

Lord Indra in the meantime had to bow down and accept that Lord Krishna was supreme. So during Govardhan Puja the idols in the temple of Nathdwara and Mathura are all bathed in milk. Then after this they are dressed in bright clothes. Then all the devotes offer their prayers and many sweets are mounted in the form of a mountain. This is the famous bhog that is offered to God. Then the devotees come praying towards this mountain and take Prasad from the huge mountain.

Bhog

It is said according to the scriptures that the kingdom of Vaikuntha also was a little less in greatness than the Giri Govardhan.

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