On fourth day
of diwali Annakoot pooja is completed. Food hillocks are made on
this day, which represent the Mount Govardhan. On goverdhan day
mounds of food items are made representing mountain or parvat and
its pooja is done. Therefore the day also got the name – Annakut –
'Anna' meaning food and 'kut', mountain. The ann parvat pooja also
denotes annapoorna poojanam.
Individuals offer variety of food ceremoniously raised in the form of a mountain to their favorite deity. Innumerable varieties in most cases 56 (chappan bhog) or 108 of food and delicious sweets are made and provided to Lord (bhagawan) vishnu. In some of the temple (mandir) 'annakoot' going on this day continues for the whole month of Kartik. This Day is also called kartik padwa. People hope each other for a peaceful and happy year.
Advantages and benefits of Annakut puja
- gets rid of poor standards of living and mitigates sufferings
- individual is never deprived of food and grains
- Accumulation of knowledge, erudition or enlightenment
- manifests truth and effectiveness
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