Guwahati: Devotees throng the Jagannath Jew temple in Agartala on the occasion of Govardhan Puja, also known as Annakut or Annakoot on Thursday.
Annakut is a day of having collective food. On this occasion, devotees prepare large and lavish meals, which are symbolic of Govardhan Hill, and are offered to Lord Krishna, who saved the villagers of Vrindavan from the wrath of Lord Indra.
The Annakut festival is celebrated on the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.
This festival which is celebrated as a thanksgiving gesture to nature. People believed that a person never falls short of food by offering prayer or simply visiting the festival as they always have the blessings of Lord Annapurna. A special prasad or bhog is prepared by mixing 56 different vegetables known as 56 Bhog.
People offered puja to the Govardhan Mountain by preparing Annakut (various types of food). People also performed songs and dance as they consider that the mountain as the real God who provides the way to live life and also save their life by providing shelter to them in severe conditions. Lord Krishna is worshiped on this special day to commemorate the victory of God over the evil power.
People offer a bath to their cow and bulls in the morning and decorate with garland and offer delicious foods with immense enthusiasm.
According to mythological stories and Hindu scriptures, the people of the forest of Vrindavan were saved by Lord Krishna by lifting the whole Govardhan hill with his little finger so that the villagers could go under the hills and save themselves from angered rain god Lord Indra and who sent down torrential rain and thunderstorm to the region.
Eventually, Indra bowed down to the might of Krishna and the rains stopped in Vrindavan after pouring for seven days. From then on, Govardhan Puja has been celebrated by people, who on this auspicious prepare special dishes and offer it to thank Krishna.