Govardhan Puja 2023: It is festival season. Every year, Diwali is celebrated with great pomp and splendor throughout the country. One of the most anticipated celebrations of the year is the Festival of Lights. Diwali celebrations begin with Dhanteras and finish with Bhai Dooj. The five-day celebration is filled with lights, colors, traditions, and the joy of being together. Dhanteras will be celebrated on November 11 this year. Diwali is celebrated on November 12th. Despite the fact that Chhoti Diwali is normally celebrated the day before Diwali, this year it comes on the same day as Diwali. Govardhan Puja is performed the day following Diwali.
As we prepare to enjoy the celebrations, here are a few facts about Govardhan Puja that you should be aware of.
Govardhan Puja, also known as Annakoot, commemorates Lord Krishna’s infant form. Govardhan Puja happens on November 13 this year, a day after Diwali.
According to Hindu legend, Lord Krishna once advised people to worship the Govardhan mountain instead of Lord Indra. He felt that Govardhan Mountain, which provided food for the cows, should be worshiped rather than Lord Indra, who provided rain. He explained to his mother Yashoda that it was Lord Indra’s obligation to provide mankind with rain. Lord Indra became enraged and unleashed so much rain that the region was flooded. Lord Krishna, on the other hand, elevated the Govardhan mountain with his one finger, sheltering everyone beneath it and protecting them from floods. Lord Indra was taken aback, and the rain stopped. Govardhan Puja has been held a day after Diwali ever since.
Govardhan Puja is a celebration of the earth’s wealth and how we may live in connectivity and oneness. It encourages individuals to respect and appreciate the world’s natural resources and to contribute to the conservation of the environment. Devotees construct stacks of cow dung cakes to mimic the massive Govardhan mountain on this day. They also roam about their own zones while reciting hymns and mantras.