Govardhana Puja was celebrated on 20th Oct 2017, to commemorate the pastime of Lord Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill to protect the residents of Vrindavana from the wrath of Indra.
Devotees at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, set out at the break of dawn to perform a parikrama (circumambulation) of the Govardhana Hill. Starting from Manasi Ganga, the devotees covered the twenty-two Kilometre path.
At the temple devotees prepared varieties of foodstuffs like laddu, halwa, rasgulla etc The food was stacked like a small hill and offered to the Lord. Later, it was distributed to everyone as prasadam. This festival is also called “Annakuta(Hill of food) Festival”.
Being the day of Go Puja, devotees also worshiped the cows. After decorating the cows, they were fed with jiggery, fresh cucumbers etc. An arati was performed to cows and Gopala, the protector of the cows. The Govardhana pastime was narrated to all devotees by the temple Vice President Sri Yudhishthira Krishna Dasa.
A grand arati was performed to Sri Sri Radha Vrindavanchandra while the devotees sang Sri Govardhanashtakam – eight verses glorifying the Govardhana Hill. At the conclusion the ‘Annakuta’ or hill of food was distributed as Prasadam to all the devotees present and everyone was served a dinner feast.