Govardhan Puja means “mountain of food”. The holiday is celebrated annually in India on various dates, in 2022 this date is November 15th. On the day of the celebration, the locals worship Krishna and bring him treats.
Govardhan is the mountain raised by Krishna. “Go” means “cow”, vardahan – “food”. In India, it is generally accepted that worshipers of Mount Govardhan receive mercy, favor and food gifts from the deity. Historically, the festival signifies the victory of Krishna over Indra. On this day, people express gratitude to nature by giving her dishes from 56 products.
It is noteworthy that:
- Mount Govardhan symbolizes a step to heaven, many monks worship the hill to be closer to the Deity;
- the hill is holy, in its open spaces Krishna was truly happy;
- it is believed that a liar and a person with a black soul will not be able to see the beauties of the hill;
- there are temples on the top of the mountain, a river and ponds flow;
- brought food after the festival is distributed to pilgrims;
- on the day of celebration, replicas of Govardhan Hill are built in shrines;
- the festival goes on merrily until late at night;
- for food, recruiters paint clay pots and plates with bright colors.
How to celebrate
At the festival, people worship a sacred animal – a cow. She is dressed in silk, fed with grass and made round trips. Then there is a bypass of Mount Govardhan. Many believers go to the temple to dip the figurine of the deity in milk, decorate it with diamonds and rich clothes.
At the next stage, prayers are held, a large table is laid, consisting of 56 vegetarian dishes. Vegetables, herbs, sweets and other food are brought to the feast. It is believed that all food on this day is sacred. After prayer, believers are treated to consecrated food.
When is Govardhan Puja celebrated in 2022?
Govardhan Puja is observed on November 15 each year.