Diwali – Annakuta – Govardhan Puja

Diwali & Annakuta Darshan will be available from Saturday 14th  –  Sunday 15th November 2020.

In adherence with Government guidelines, this year’s Diwali & Anakuta will be simpler, focusing on giving everyone the opportunity for darshan of the Lord and prasad. Please come and offer your love and prayers to help the entire planet at this time of great need.

To ensure a safe darshan experience, we have a ticketed entry system for which everyone will need to prebook online for free. This system has been working well it has been hailed as being safe and effective, by local authorities and visitors alike. Please book your Diwali & annakuta darshan time and ensure you bring the confirmation with you. 

Tickets will be released on Monday 9th November

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DiwaliSaturday 14th November 2020

 

Diwali, meaning ‘festival of lights’, is one of the most widely celebrated occasions in the year. Diwali is observed not only by Hindus but also by Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. The central theme for Hindus is derived from the epic Ramayana, but the festival also marks the traditional New Year’s Eve.

Govardhana Puja/ Go Puja/ Annakuta – Sunnday 15th November 2020

Govardhana Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan. On this day, a small hill of sweets is made from food prepared by the devotees, which is then offered to the Deities, and subsequently distributed to everyone. This is known as the “annakuta” ceremony.

 

Cows are honoured as part of the festivities as well.