This year Govardhan Puja will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
starting at Monday, November 13th, 2:55pm to Tuesday, November 14th, 2:41pm
This day is also known as Annakoot Puja and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion. On this day, devotees worship Lord Krishna and Govardhan Mountain.
Govardhan Puja symbolizes the victory of Lord Krishna over Lord Indra. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan Mountain on his little finger to save the people of Vrindavan from the wrath of Lord Indra, the rain god.
This festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna and also shows the importance of respecting nature. Devotees are said to seek the blessings of Lord Krishna by worshiping cows and Govardhan Mountain.
The offering of vegetarian food is made in the form of a mountain, representing Mount Govardhan which was raised by Lord Krishna. Devotees offer 56 types of vegetarian food and sweets as a token of gratitude.
It is an important festival in Vaishnav sects like Pushtimarg sect, Gaudiya sect and Swaminarayan sect.
On Govardhan Puja, devotees prepare and offer a variety of vegetarian food to Lord Krishna as a token of gratitude. This day is also known as Annakoot Puja, which means “mountain of food”.
Vegetarian dishes prepared in Govardhan Puja
Kadhi: Curd-based curry is usually served with rice or roti.
Chole: A spicy chickpea curry usually served with puri or bhature.
Aloo Gobi: A dry vegetable made from potatoes and cauliflower.
Baingan Bharta: A smoky brinjal dish usually served with roti or naan.
Paneer Makhani: A rich and creamy tomato-based curry made with paneer (cottage cheese)
Govardhan puja devotees
- Do not consume alcohol.
- Do not consume non-vegetarian food.
- Do not consume tobacco.
- Do not eat food cooked in mustard oil.
- Do not consume onions and garlic.
- Offer food to Lord Krishna and cows.
- Donate food to the needy.