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Annakut, Govardhan Pooja & Gujarati New Year

November 13, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

You are welcome to join in celebrating the grand Annakut, Govardhan Puja festival & Gujarati New Year, a time of great joy and devotion in our Hindu tradition.

Program Highlights:

  • Annakut Darshan: Witness a breathtaking display of a mountain of food offerings to Lord Krishna.
  • Govardhan Puja: Participate in the ceremonial worship of the Govardhan Hill.
  • Bhajans and Kirtans: Enjoy soul-stirring devotional songs and music.
  • Feasting: Savor a sumptuous vegetarian feast prepared with love and devotion.

Dress Code: Traditional Indian attire

This event is a beautiful expression of gratitude and devotion to Lord Krishna. It’s a time to offer our thanks for the bountiful harvest and seek blessings for the year ahead.

Gujarati New Year, also known as “Bestu Varas” or “Nutun Varsh,” is the regional new year celebrated in the Indian state of Gujarat and by Gujarati communities around the world. This new year typically falls on the first day of the Gujarati month of Kartik, which usually corresponds to October or November in the Gregorian calendar.



November 13, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Pooja Committee


Sri Maha Saraswathi Hindu Temple
2130 County Rd 1000 E
Champaign, IL 61822 United States
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Sponsorships, Participation, and Blessed Prasadam

If you would like to help sponsor the festival or participate in the puja yourself, please do consider from the available sponsorships. Sponsorships help to cover the cost of fruits, milk, ghee, flowers and garlands offered during the puja and abhishekam. In gratitude for your kind offering, we will give you blessed and energized prasadam from the event.

For sponsorship of Abhisekham or Archana, please reach out to our Temple Priest Sharma Ji at 630-247-0173 or email to htcscipooja@gmail.com.

For some sponsorships, we will include your name in the sankalpam chanted before the event. The sankalpam is a Sanskrit statement recited before any major puja or homam. When your name is recited in the sankalpam, it creates a subtle energetic bond between you and the puja or homam, bringing divine blessings to you and your family.

All sponsors receive blessed and energized prasadam from the event. Blessed prasadam usually includes small packets of kumkum and/or vibhuti as well as special items like a blessed thread, yajna raksha, or other holy items.

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