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Govardhan Puja Celebration

Govardhan Puja, also called Annakut , is celebrated as the day Krishna defeated Indra. It is the fourth day of Dipavali (Diwali), the Hindu festival of lights. The day is celebrated on the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Kartika. According to legends, Lord Krishna taught people to worship the Supreme Controller of nature, God, specifically Govardhan, as Govardhan is a manifestation of Krishna, and to stop worshiping the God of Rains, Lord Indra. For Annakut a mountain of food is decorated symbolizing Govardhan mountain said to be lifted by Lord Krishna to save the people from the wrath of Lord Indra, the demigod in charge of rain. This pooja is performed with great zeal and enthusiasm and in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In Haryana, there is a tradition of building cow dung hillocks, which symbolize the Mount Govardhan, the mountain which was once lifted by Lord Krishna. After making such hillocks people decorate them with
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