This Hindu festival is observed on the day following Diwali in India. It celebrates an event in Krishna’s life in which he lifted the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger for seven days, to protect the cows and people of Vrindavana (now in the state of Uttar Pradesh) against the deluge of rain sent by Indra, god of the heavens and rains. People come to the nearby town of Vrindavan from all over India to visit and worship at Mount Govardhan on this day. Those who cannot make the trip worship at home and give gifts to Brahmans. Hindus all over the world celebrate this day by preparing hundreds of different food dishes and taking them to temples to offer to the gods.
INTERPRETATION OF ANNAKOOT
Annakoot (meaning a heap of grain) is celebrated as the day Krishna defeated Indra by lifting the Govardhan hill. It is the fourth day of Deepawali (Diwali), the Hindu festival of lights.
ANNAKOOT AT YOGI DIVINE SOCIETY
Annakoot (Mountain of Food) will be offered to deities at Mandir on the occasion of Hindu New Year.
Embodying the “festival of lights”, Hindus celebrate the five days of Diwali with rich cultural traditions and rituals. The numerous divos, the bright colors of rangoli, and the elegant Annakoot, all encompass the theme of transitioning from darkness to light. Through these festivities, Hindus not only have an opportunity to deepen their connection to their traditional roots, but also to look back and resolve to eradicate negative aspects from their lives in the forms of anger, envy, greed, arrogance, and resentment.
Realizing this importance, His Divine Holiness Hariprasad Swamiji Maharaj inspires devotees to celebrate Hindu festivals including Annakoot, Diwali and Bhai beej, This year, hundreds of individuals and families convened at Yogi Divine Society (NZ) Inc. celebrating the auspicious festival, Annakoot and Diwali.
Arriving in traditional, colorful attire, attendees meet with an equally colorful ambiance of decorations and a vast assortment of vegetarian food items offered to H.D.H Hariprasad Swamiji Maharaj. In a beautiful sentiment, Hindus begin their year by offering the food to God and attending a traditional arti before having their first meal together with their families. Visitors offer prayers and express their well wishes for the year ahead.