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Govardhan Puja Celebration
Govardhan Puja, also called Annakut (meaning a heap of grain), is celebrated as the day Krishna defe
21. Govardhan Poojan Katha
The Fourth day of diwali festival is Govardhan or Bali Pratipada also known as Varshapratipada which marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and Vikaram Samvat (Hindu Calendar) was started from this Padwa day.Govardhan Pooja is performed on this day. As the legend goes the people of Gokul used to celebrate a festival in honor of Lord Indra and worshipped him after the end of every monsoon season but one particular year the young Krishna stopped them from offering prayers to Lord Indra who in terrific anger sent a deluge to submerge Gokul. But Krishna saved his Gokul by lifting up the Govardhan mountain and holding it over the people as an umbrella.Govardhan is a small hillock in Braj, near Mathura and on this day of Pratipada people of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar build cowdung, hillocks, decorate them with flowers and then worship them.
22. Mythological Significance of Govardhan Puja
According to mythological descriptions in Vishnu Puran, the people of Gokul worshipped Lord Indra, the God of Rains, for providing them with ample rain for their crops. Indra became very proud at that time. Lord Krishna told the people of Gokul that it was not Indra but the Govardhan Mountain (parvat) that caused rain in Gokul and that they should worship the Govardhan parvat instead of Lord Indra. This infuriated Lord Indra and he caused excessive rainfall with thunder and lighting and flooded Gokul. Lord Krishna, in order to ensure the safety of the people of Gokul prayed, worshipped and offered puja to the Mount Govardhan and lifted it on the little finger of his right hand. People of Gokul along with their cattle took shelter under it and thus were saved from the calamity. It is to remember this occasion that Govardhan Puja is still done in India.
23. Govardhan Puja Celebrations and Interesting Facts
24. How to perform Govardhan Puja at Home
25. The Gift and flowers for Govardhan pooja
The main part of Govardhan pooja is the decoration for the pooja to lord Krishna. To make the cow dung hill that symbolizes the Govardhan hillock, it is decorated with food and flowers. For that decoration we need a large quantity of flowers. So people have to choose flowers on a wholesale deal. Then, they need to decorate the mandap where the pooja is being carried out. So, seasonal flowers in large quantities are chosen for the pooja. Along with that, animals like cows and ox are cleaned and they are worshipped with garlands and flowers. Flowers are also required for the Gudi Padwa ceremony.
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