October 31st, 2016
Govardhana Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan from torrential rains. On this day devotees build a replica of the hill out of large quantities of sweets, which they then circumambulate. Cows are especially honored on this day, being very dear to Lord Krishna. An abundance of food preparations are made by devotees and offered on the altar and then distributed to everyone. Hence the name ‘Annakuta’: Anna meaning ‘made from grains’.