Annakut celebrated with full devotion and fervour in Agartala

Devotees throng the Jagannath temple in Agartala on the occasion of Govardhan Puja, also known as Annakut or Annakoot on Tuesday.

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.

Over 108 varieties of food items are prepared for the deity as a ritual of remembrance and to renew their faith in taking refuge in God.

People offered puja to the Govardhan Mountain by preparing Annakut (various types of food) and through the singing and dancing as they consider that the mountain the real God who provides the way to live life, provides shelter in severe conditions and save their life.

Lord Krishna is worshiped at 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.

The Annakut festival is celebrated on the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.

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.


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