Updated: November 8, 2018 7:53:03 am
Govardhan Puja 2018 Date in India: Govardhan Puja, also known as Annakut/Annajoot, which is celebrated every year after Diwali is a festival commemorated by Hindus all across the country. On this occasion, devotees worship Lord Krishna and offer Him a variety of food that they prepare themselves. This year, the festival falls on November 8.
The offering is done in the form of a food mountain, which is symbolic of Govardhan Hill. Over 56 varieties of food items are prepared for the deity as a ritual of remembrance and to renew their faith in taking refuge in God. The festival occurs on the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.
According to mythology, it is believed that Lord Krishna protected the entire Vrindavan region from heavy and dangerous rainfall by lifting the huge Govardhan hill over everyone, thus protecting them from the torrential rain that had been sent forth by the rain god Indra, out of jealousy and anger.
On this day, people celebrate with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. They decorate up their homes and offices with diyas, candles, flowers, rangoli and more. It is also a common ritual of making small mounds of cow dung to represent the Govardhan mountain, which once dried, is decorated with fresh and beautiful flowers. In some temples, aartis are performed several times during the day and idols are given a milk bath and dressed in elaborate clothes and ornamentation.
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