Goverdhan puja falls on next day after Diwali. It is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna had defeated God Indra. Sometimes there might be one day gap between Diwali and Goverdhan puja. Goverdhan puja is also known as Annakut Puja. People celebrate this festival by making of cereals such as rice, wheat, curry of gram flour and leafy vegetables to offer to the Lord Krishna.
Legends of Goverdhan Puja
Goverdhan Puja is celebrated to commemorate the history of Mountain Goverdhan Parbat through which the lives of many people was saved from the critical rain. The legends in "Vishnu Puran" have it that the people of Gokul used to worship and offer prayer to Lord Indra for the rain because they believe that it was he who send rain for their welfare but Lord Krishna told them that you should all worship of Goverdhan Parbat or Annakut hill as he is real god who is nurturing and saving your lives from drastic condition by giving you food and shelter. People of Gokul did the same and as the result it made God Indra so furious and people of Gokul had to face very happy rains. So Lord Krishna save their lives by lifting the Goverdhan parbat by his little finger and covered the people of Gokul under it in this way God Indra had defeated by the Lord Krishna.
The day is also celebrated as Bali pratipada or Bali padva in the regions of Maharashtra. The day commemorates victory of vamana in carnation of Lord Vishnu, over King Bali. It is also believed that vamana pushed the powerful but arrogant Kind Bali into patal Lok.
Benefit of Goverdhan Puja
Gau Puja with devotion on this day gives positive powers of all the devtas and shaktis for the wellbeing of Society, Family and nation.
This puja also helps in removing poverty.
It also gives strength to overcome enemies.