Govardhan Puja 2012

| July 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Govardhan Puja  ̶  Celebrating Nature

Govardhan Puja 2012:

When it happens: 11th November 2012
Where it happens: All parts of India

Govardhan Puja is a festival celebrated extensively to worship the Govardhan Parbat. It is also called as Annakut, which means ‘heap of grain’. This festival is to commemorate how Lord Krishna, an Avatar of Vishnu the Preserver, lifted a mountain using only his little finger.

The Legends of Govardhan Puja

This event shows the importance and worship of nature. The people of Gokul used to worship the God Indra, King of the Gods, whose reputation and role later diminished with the coming of the Trimurti. Lord Indra was considered to be the provider of rains so the people of Gokul held a festival in his honor. One day, Lord Vishnu stopped them from offering prayers to Lord Indra because the worship of mountain and cattle are one of the reasons why rain occurs. Enraged, Lord Indra sent his wrath to devour the Gokul with flood. To save the people and provide shelter for them, Lord Krishna demonstrated his supernatural prowess by lifting Govardhan Parbat using only his little finger. This event also marks the day when Lord Krishna stopped the people from worshipping Lord Indra because he has become full of himself with pride. He then convinced the people to worship Goverhan Parbat instead.

Govardhan Puja is also known as ‘Padva’ or ‘Bali Pratipada’, commemorating King Bali, who is believed to rule over his kingdom in Bhu Lok every year even on this day.

Tradition

This worship for Govardhan Parbat has carried on from five thousand years ago and even now it is still celebrated. This event is celebrated with much energy and religious fervor as it worships a cosmic feat such as the lifting of a mountain using a mere little finger by one of the most powerful incarnations of Vishnu, Lord Krishna. Krishna is even celebrated as a supreme being and a ‘complete’ avatar of Vishnu.

What to Expect

Firstly, you would want to expect the activity of cow dung mounds being erected. These cow dung mounds symbolize Mount Govardhan. These are then decorated with flowers and then worshiped by devotees.

For a rather palatable taste of the glorious occasion, ‘Annakut’ is a ritual of preparing different types of ‘Bhog’ which are then offered to Lord Krishna. Annakut also means ‘mountain of food’. The Bhogs are given a bath in milk and are made to wear new bright color clothing adorned with fine and heavy jewelry. After the traditional prayers are done, these are then magnificently raised as a mountain.

Putting aside the mound of cow waste material which may seem unpleasant for some guests and visitors, there are several things to enjoy in the Govardhan Puja. But just remember some things are just like food  ̶  another man’s food is another man’s poison. Sure there will be dung, but as a guest it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it being present in the festivities. Just tell yourself that it’s holy.

 

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Category: Calendar, Calendar of events, Hindu festivals, India Holidays, Indian Festivals

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