Govardhan puja is celebrated on the very next day of the festival of Diwali, i.e. on the first day of the bright half of the month of Kartika. This festival is also known as Annakuta puja. The use of cow dung in the ritual is one of the special features of this festival. However, the mythology behind this festival is that or this day Lord Krishna protected Braj from the curse of Lord India by bringing the Govardhan hill here. It is believed that on this day the people of Braj refused to worship Lord India on the instigation of Lord Krishna. As a result, Lord Indra in his disappointment was about to flood Braj by causing heavy rain.