Govardhan Puja: Read this story in Govardhan Puja, learn how it started!
Govardhan Puja is celebrated every year on the Shukla Paksha Pratipada of Kartik month. This year, Govardhan Puja will be commended on 15th November i.e. one day of Diwali. This puja is also called ‘Annakoot Pooja’. On this day, people worship Govardhan God by making cow's dung in their worship hall or courtyard and make circumambulation around it. After this, Prasad is distributed to everyone by offering food to God. The fasting story is recited after worshiping Lord Annakoot. Let's read the story of Govardhan Puja and know how Govardhan Puja started.
Shri Krishna saw that all Brijwasis were revering Indra. When he saw his mother also worshiping Indra, he questioned why people worship Indra? He was told that he rains, which produces grain and feeds to our cows. Then Shri Krishna said that if this is so then everyone should worship Govardhan Parvat because our cows graze there.
Following their obedience, all Brajwasis started worshiping Govardhan Parvat in place of Indra. Devraj Indra considered it his insult and started torrential rains like a holocaust. Then Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain on his little finger and protected the Brajvas from heavy rains. After this, Indra came to know that Shri Krishna is actually an incarnation of Vishnu and realized his mistake. Later, the God of Indra also had to apologize to Lord Krishna. On the plea of Indradev, Lord Krishna laid down Govardhan Parvat and asked all Brajwasis to celebrate Annakoot festival by worshiping Govardhan every year. Since then, this festival is celebrated as Govardhan.