Govardhan is a name after hill which was once uplifted by Deity Krishna. Govardhan also means “A person who takes care of cows and earns her blessings”.
Govardhan Pooja is a ritual in the Hindu religion which is celebrated with great joy and love to Thank our mother nature or soil for feeding us from forever.
When It is celebrated?
This is celebrated every year on the next day of Diwali.
Why It is Celebrated?
The reason behind this ritual or celebration is a story where-how this Govardhan puja came up. It was a common practice in Gokul to do Indra Puja year on year to please Indra who was believed to be the god of rains. Once little Krishna asked the village folk why should they perform puja to Indra when they got their sustenance and livelihood from Govardhan hill. Therefore, he said it was more appropriate to do the puja to Govardhan hill only and thank the feeder. From then people use to do this pooja every year of “Govardhan”.
How It is celebrated?
- A hill or a lying picture of Govardhan is made by the use of Cow dung or Mud. Make a thick paste of cow dung or mud and use your creativity to craft it like a miniature mountain. People also use some crafty fixtures and artwork to simulate the eyes, lips, hands, and feet. For decoration, people use Chawal(Rice).
- Some edible ingredients are needed for this ritual like Dahi(Yogurt), Kheel, Sugarcane stick, Batasha, Peda, Churma(Indian dish) and Sweets.
- Earthen lamps of Oil and Ghee are lightened up around Govardhan.
- By starting taking rounds around Govardhan Pratima the kriya takes place.
- People eat and distribute Ankuta to others. Ankuta is a meal prepared by contributing 56 items and serve first to Krishna and then serve to others.
- This ritual reminds us that we should be forever thankful for our mother nature.
(People perform this ritual differently and as per there efficiency in India. This is the procedure I and my family perform every year.)
Hare Krishna ❤