Govardhan Puja is also known as Bali Pratipada and celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India and the day is held just after the main Diwali. The Hindus celebrates the day with great pomp because Lord Krishna had defeated god Indra. On this day lord Krishna has told the people of Vrindavan Dham to worship only nature because only nature is nurturing you. He taught them to worship the Govardhan Mountain instead of lord Indra. Such type of message of the Lord Krishna to the people was generally to teach the people to take care of the nature. The Day falls just after the day of main Diwali celebration and this year Govardhan puja is on 20th October 2017.
Celebration of Govardhan Puja
At some places in India such as the Maharashtra it is celebrated as the Bali Pratipada or Bali Padva. It is celebrated in regards of the victory of Vamana (incarnation of the Lord Vishnu) over demon King Bali. It is considered that King Bali was booned by the Lord Vamana to be very powerful. Gujaratis considers this festival as their new year.
Govardhan Puja Significance
A great mountain of the food, called as the Govardhan Mountain, is adorned by the people at this occasion. It is considered that the Govardhan Mountain was lifted by the Lord Krishna in order to save the life of people from the arrogant Indra. Lord Indra was throwing thunder and a lot of rain over the earth and lord Krishna had saved the millions of life by lifting the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger. From then, the Govardhan puja is performed with the immense passion and eagerness by the people in various states of India such as Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, Vrindavan and Bihar.
Traditions and Rituals of Govardhan Puja Celebration
In many states of India people celebrates the festival of Govardhan Puja by making the hillocks of cow dunks that represents the Govardhan Mountain under a round boundary. Then devotees put flowers and vermilion powder, offers sweets, do Aarti and worship lord Govardhan to save their life as always.
The day is also known as Annakut which literally means ‘mountain of food’, on this day people prepare fifty-six or hundred and eight different varieties of delicious dishes to offer lord Krishna as Bhog. In the temples specifically in Mathura and Nathdwara, the deities are given milk bath on this day dressed in new shinning attires and adorned with dazzling ornaments of diamonds, gold, silver and other precious metals.
All the five days of Diwali festival are special and auspicious and also celebrate as the biggest gift exchange carnival in India. They share sweets and gifts with their loved ones and make the day even more special. This year those who will be staying far from their loved ones can send Diwali gifts to India through online gifting portal and make the day special and memorable for them as well as for you.