Diwali is a five-day festival and each day holds a special significance. The fourth day of the mega-festival, Govardhan Puja is marked. Also known as the ‘Annakoot Puja’, It is a Hindu festival when devotees pay obeisance to Lord Krishna on this day. Usually celebrated a day after Deepavali, it is commemorated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated God Indra. This year the festival falls on October 20.
According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Krishna protected the people of Braj from heavy and dangerous rainfall by lifting the huge Govardhan hill with his finger.
According to Bhagavad Puran, the people of Braj used to worship Indra, the god of rain and storm, as well as the king of all gods during the autumn season, thanking him for the bountiful rains and good harvest. However, Krishna thought that instead of thanking a distant God, they should thank the Mount Govardhan that stood in the middle of the habitation.
Irked by people praying Govardhan, Indra decided to punish the locals with heavy torrential rain, it then when Krishna lifted the mountain to provide shelter and protection to the people. After much trial and tribulation, Indra accepted that he could not harm the villagers and realised that he had let his ego dictate his actions, thus, conceding defeat.