How to celebrate Govardhan puja and make Govardhan puja Prasad thali. A no onion-garlic Thali consisting of nearly 56 ingredients. Fifty-six- “Chappan Bhog” is synonymous with Lord Krishna. It symbolizes prosperity and a rich feast offered to the Lord to pray and get his blessings.
- All about Govardhan Puja | Annakut, and why do we celebrate it ?
- What do we eat on Govardhan Puja?
- How do we celebrate Govardhan Puja / Annakut Puja?
- Why is cow dung used on govardhan puja?
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All about Govardhan Puja | Annakut, and why do we celebrate it ?
Govardhan Puja, a festival celebrated a day after Diwali, is observed to celebrate the victory of Lord Krishna over Lord Indra. As per the popular legend, Lord Krishna protected the people of Vrindavan from the wrath of Lord Indra by carrying Govardhan Parvat on his little finger. Govardhan has since become a major pilgrimage site in Braj for devotees of Krishna. Families create an image of Giriraj Govardhan (the mountain) from cow dung, adorning it with miniature cow figures as well as grass as twigs, representing trees and greenery. Fifty-six food items (Chappan bhog) are typically prepared and offered to Lord Krishna. These 56 items could be anything from sweet to adding all veggies into the bhog.
What do we eat on Govardhan Puja?
Chappan Bhog or 56 Delicacies are traditionally prepared and offered to Lord Krishna. Following this tradition, Annakut ki sabji, a mixture of all seasonal vegetables, is made on Govardhan Puja. Govardhan puja comes a day after Lakshmi Puja. People also give a milk bath to Lord Krishna’s idol, dress him in new clothes and jewellery, and offer him various delicacies.
How do we celebrate Govardhan Puja / Annakut Puja?
Govardhan Puja also known as an Annakut puja, is a day when we worship Lord Krishna and prepare and offer a large variety of delicacies to him and other gods as a mark of gratitude. Devotees offer a mountain of food, representing the Govardhan Hill. In other cities, people make an image of Lord Krishna carrying the Govardhan parvat with cow dung and worship this idol and offer “Chappan Bhog“.
Why cow dung is used on govardhan puja?
Cow dung is considered to be sacred in Hinduism. A Krishna idol carrying the Govardhan parvat is made with cow dung and offerings are given on this pious day.