Since the week of festivals is spicing up everyone’s life, we thought we would explain the reasons behind celebrating some of these festivals. Most of the people tend to wonder why these festivals exist, SO we are presenting you some legends behinds these festivals as well as the rituals of ceremonies.
Goverdhan pooja is a Hindu festival. It is the fourth day of Diwali celebrations called ‘Padwa’ or ‘Varshapratipada litereally means first day of the new year. It is a segment of the four day festival also called Annakot which is a translated form of “a mountain of food.” This day is celebrated to remember the victory of Lord Krishna over Indra Dev, who is considered as the custodian of Swarga (heaven), rains and thunderstorms.
Legend behind the celebration
The legends of Vishnupuran states that people used to worship Lord Indra in order to please him because they believ that it is lord Indra who gives rain but Krishna taught people to worship Goverdhan hill and nature. He suggested the dwellers of Vrindavan that it is nature that is nurturing us not Indra. So we should adore Goverdhan hill as a part of nature. Then people started following the words of Krishna, which made Indra annoyed and he punished people with his thunderous rain. Krishna in order to save the lives of people lifted the Goverdhan hill and protected the people of Mathura. It is a metaphorical representation of God saving his devotees and depicts the significance of nature. It also marks a very important shift from worshipping the Vedic Gods to the avatars of Vishnu.
Rituals of Clebration
On this auspicious day people prepare a figure of Krishna and the a small mountain of cow dung symbolizing Goverdhan hill and decorate it with flowers. Then after offering sweets and delicious dishes, people circumambulate around it and sing.