The story of Govardhan mountain is a moving one. It’s a story that shows the power of devotion and also how the concept of sentiency is not limited to humans only.
In the Ramayana, the scene was that Rama’s army had to cross the ocean. They were building a bridge by throwing stones. Nala and Nila had this curse (boon) that stones thrown by them will not drown.
Most of the time Govardhan Puja day falls next day after Diwali and it is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated God Indra. Sometimes there may be a day’s gap between Diwali and Govardhan Puja.
In religious texts, Govardhan Puja celebrations are suggested during Pratipada Tithi of Kartik month. Depending on starting time of Pratipada, Govardhan Puja day might fall one day before on Amavasya day on Hindu calendar.
Govardhan Puja is also known as Annakut Puja. On this day food made of cereals like wheat, rice, curry made of gram flour and leafy vegetables is cooked and offered to Lord Krishna.
Govardhan was also on its way
It’s said that this mountain plucked from the Himalayas was traveling with high hopes that it will be used in a just cause and Lord Rama himself will bless him. However, as destiny would have it, it was dropped because more stones were not needed.
The devotee felt left out
Govardhan mountain started lamenting that why it was left out–why to pluck it from the original place if it were not to be used?
It was a strange occurrence
Without doubt, it was a strange occurrence and not many could believe that a mountain would lament. They were surprised and amused.
The word reached Lord Rama
The incident was related to Lord Rama and his counsel was sought. Lord Rama was pleased with the devotion of Govardhan and he sent his assurance that he will bless him.
Govardhan got his blessings in the next avatar
As we know the story, in the next avatar, Lord Krishna held the mountain on his little finger to save the whole village from Indra’s wrath.
This was the same mountain
Govardhan was the same mountain who had lamented that it could not be used by Lord. But Lord, out of his infinite compassion, does not disappoint his devotees. He blesses them with appropriate opportunities.
God gives to them who seek
One lesson from this incident people tend to get is that you have speak, ask and tell it to God what really you want. You will get it of course based on your own sincerity.