Govardhan Pooja and the Story behind it

by Gargi Harjai November 05, 2021

govardhan pooja and the story behind it

Govardhan pooja, a Hindu festival which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Also known as Annakut or Annakoot, this festival is followed after the day of Diwali.

This festival is celebrated to commemorate the memories of Lord Krishna as a child. The word Govardhan is derived from a mountain named Govardhan in the local city of Gokul (Uttar Pradesh).

According to Vishnu Puran, Lord Krishna asked his mother Yashoda the reason behind worshipping God Indra, so mother replied, it is because he is the god of Rain. Lord Krishna disagreed with his mother and said we shouldn’t worship God Indra but mountain Govardhan, since that provides the village with all natural resources for their livelihood.

All the villagers had an immense level of respect and love for the villagers, so, they agreed and stopped worshiping the Indra god. This made God Indra extremely furious and he decided to make a huge storm and rain upon the village. This left villagers helpless and vulnerable and asked Krishna to save Gokul and their lives.

Krishna asked everyone to gather around Govardhan mountain and lifted the whole mountain with his little finger. After seven days of continuous rains and storms, God Indra accepted his defeat and stopped the rains. Later, he realized Lord Krishna is the incarnation of God Vishnu and has an immense amount of power.

Govardhan pooja is an auspicious festival which upholds the power of faith and love between God and their devotees. We also learnt that as mortal beings, we should always respect mother nature and be thankful for the resources provided to us. It represents that our faith in God will always be helpful, and save us in critical situations of our life.

Gargi Harjai
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