ANNAKUT or GOVARDHAN PUJA also known as “a mountain of food” is a Hindu festival in which devotees prepare and offer a large variety of vegetarian food to God as a mark of gratitude.
This day commemorates the incident in the Bhagavata Puran when "LORD KRISHNA" lifted Govardhan hill on his pinkie to provide the shelter to villagers and the cows of Vrindavan from torrential rains. The incident is seen to represent how God protects all his devotees who take singular refuge in him. Devotees offer a mountain of food, metaphorically representing the Govardhan hill, to God as a ritual remembrance and to renew their faith in taking refuge in God.
Annam Brahmeti Vyajanath
The Vedic hymn summarises the importance of food to all the human beings. The scores of various forms of cuisines offered as Annakut to the Lord Swaminarayan reflects the indebtedness of human beings to the God. Neelkanth Vidyapeeth, The educational soul, has been lighting the knowledge lamps to efface the ignorant darkness from the minds of young generations. The Annakut offered to Lord Swaminarayan mirrored the thanksgiving culture. Their holiness Param Pujya Swamijis once again outshined themselves as the torch bearers of the civilization