November 14 (Wed) - Day 32: govardhan puja
Diwali Day # 4. It is Govardhan Puja today.
Though I don't know much about Indian mythology, festivals, customs and traditions, I do know Lord Krishna lifted the goverdhan parvat (a mountain named goverdhan) on his little finger to bring some sanjeevni booti. And I assumed today we would be worshiping some rock to signify the 'goverdhan parvat'. But I was wrong.
Never saw my mom and aunts in Bangkok do anything on this day, because I guess obviously there they cannot easily find the most important element of the puja today: gobar = cow dung. I had no idea about the rituals today; saw it first time in life. It was 10 in the morning. The women in our neighborhood gathered, each bringing their own puja ki thaali. They created a mountain-shaped structure (to represent the goverdan parvat) out of cow dung, sang some songs for this festival while doing the puja and going around this structure.
I have known that cow is considered a God, and cow dung as well as cow urine (gou mutr) are considered holy in India. But I really could not get myself to touch the cow dung so worshiped from a distance. I hope today's festival's God will not mind....
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