Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Spotlight -

: LUC­KNOW: Thou­sands of devo­tees thronged the 155-year-old Kali Bari tem­ple at Ghasi­yari Mandi on Thurs­day for Annakoot Puja where Ch­hap­pan Bhog was of­fered to the God­dess as part of Govardhan Puja. Cel­e­brated a day af­ter Di­wali, Annakoot Puja is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion when God­dess Kali is of­fered 56 va­ri­eties of eat­a­bles, in­clud­ing fried rice, sweets, fruits, dry fruits, etc. “A lot of sig­nif­i­cance is at­tached to this rit­ual. It is said that those who have a dar­shan of Maa Annakoot never sleep empty stom­ach,” said Dr Amit Goswami, priest of Kali Bari Tem­ple Trust. Goswami said “Since Lord Kr­ishna held Govardhan Par­vat on his fin­ger for a week and food was served to him 8 times a day for 7 days hence the idea of Ch­hap­pan Bhog (56) came into be­ing.”


God­dess Kali was of­fered 56 va­ri­eties of eat­a­bles

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