Annakut Festival

Annakut Festival

October-November; first day of waxing half of Hindu month of Kartika
This Hindu festival is observed on the day following Dewali in northern 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.
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In the same year, it also broke a record by offering 1,247 vegetarian dishes during the Annakut festival (Hindu New Year).
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The Agra region also boasts of hotspots like Barsana ( famous for its Holi celebration), Bateshwar ( known for its sky- high temples and the cattle fair which is being held every year for 400 years), National Chambal Sanctuary ( home to Gangetic dolphins), Gokul ( the land of Lord Krishna which visited by thousands of pilgrims particularly during the Krishna Janmashtami and Annakut festival), Nandgaon ( known as the home of Lord Krishna's foster father Nand, in whose memory a spacious temple stands on the side of a hill), Mathura ( this birthplace of Lord Krishna is dotted with magnificent temples), and Vrindavan, which is a major place of pilgrimage in the state.