Showing posts with label Govardhan Puja. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Govardhan Puja. Show all posts

Hinduism - When Is The Month Of Kartik In The Hindu Lunar Calendar?


Kartik is the eighth month of the lunar year, and it normally falls between October and November, according to the lunar calendar, which is used to determine most Hindu religious events.

Kartik falls during the harvest season in northern India, when the weather is favorable.

Kartik Purnima, Rambha Ekadashi, Narak Chaturdashi, Diwali, Govardhan Puja (Annakut), Devotthayan Ekadashi, Tulsi Vivah, and Kartik Purnima are among the most ritually significant months of the year. 


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Hinduism - What Is Govardhan Puja?

 

Govardhan Puja is a Hindu festival celebrated on the day of the birth of Lord Krishna.

The day after Diwali, on the first day of the bright (waxing) half of the lunar month Kartik (October–November), the celebration is held.

The festival's founding narrative is based on the deity Krishna's legend, and it is celebrated mostly in the Braj area south of contemporary Delhi, where Krishna is claimed to have resided.

This is the day, according to tradition, when Krishna built Mount Govardhan to shield the inhabitants of Braj from the deity Indra's storms.

Indra was enraged because Krishna had convinced the local elders to send tributes to Mount Govardhan instead of Indra.

Krishna acted as a cover for the mountain for a week, after which Indra conceded defeat.

On this day, pilgrims go around Mount Govardhan.

The mountain is seen as a physical manifestation of Krishna himself, and cows and bulls are adorned and worshipped as a result of Krishna's affinity with livestock.

The event is also known as Annakut ("mountain of food") in honor of the offerings made to Mount Govardhan in that narrative, as well as the mountain of offerings (especially milk-based desserts) prepared for celebration in contemporary times.


 

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