Devotees of Lord Krishna celebrate Govardhan Pooja

Meera Kalyani

 Devotees offer Lord Krishna the bhog of 56 items, also called as 56 bhog, which includes makhan misri, kheer and much more.

We hope you have all enjoyed your Diwali celebrations! It is that time of the year, when everyone comes together and celebrate this festival of lights. But the series of festivals is still not over. Today is Govardhan Puja. The festival is celebrated with immense fervour and gaiety in Hindu households, especially the ones who are great followers of Lord Krishna. It is a Hindu festival in which devotees prepare and offer a large variety of vegetarian food to Bhagwan (God) Shri Krishna as a mark of gratitude

According to the scriptures, the people of Vrindawan used to offer lavish meals to Lord Indra-The God of rain and storm, to make sure he blesses them with timely rainfall and good harvest. Little Krishna found the practice to be too harsh for the small-time farmers, and convinced them to stop making these offerings to Lord Indra and feed their families instead. On not finding his ritualistic offerings, Indra sent down rain and thunderstorm out of anger in Vrindawan. The rains continued for days.
Fearing for their lives, the villagers approached Krishna for help who then asked everyone to proceed to the Govardhan hill. Once there, he lifted the whole hill with his little finger, people trickled under the hill to take shelter from the storm.therefore, as a mark of gratitude, the women of Vrindavan prepared a meal of 56 items and offered it to the lord.

Today several pilgrims go to the Govardhan hill and offer food and delicacies to Lord Krishna. Those who cannot go to the Govardhan hill, offer him the bhog of 56 items in their homes. Devotees celebrate Govardhan pooja by literally offering a mountain of food to Lord Krishna called Annakoot.

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