Bhogi : When Lord Krishna Crushed The Ego of Indra Dev

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Pongal is a grand celebration in India which is celebrated for about four days.  This festival is connected to the cycle of seasons as many people get rid of old household items and buy new household items on this auspicious day. Bogi or Bhogi is the first day of Pongal festival which is is celebrated in honor of Lord Indra, “the God of Clouds and Rains”.

Bhogi is celebrated to honor Lord Indra
Bhogi is celebrated to honor Lord Indra

It is believed that Bhogi is the favorite day for Lord Indra hence Indra puja is considered as highly auspicious on this day.

It has some mythology and legends attached to it. The most famous one is that of the legend of Govardhan Mountain and Lord Shiva and his bull.

Mythology- When Lord Krishna Lifted The Govardhan Mountain To Crush Lord Indra’s Arrogance

Lord Krishna asked villagers about the Puja & sacrifices
Lord Krishna asked villagers about the Puja & sacrifices

Once, when Krishna’s foster father Nanda and the villagers were preparing for a grand Puja, Lord, Krishna, a child then, questioned all as to why they were doing so.  People said that the Puja and the sacrificial arrangements were being made to please Lord Indra so that he could bless them with good rain for harvest.

Nanda further explained that this was done every year to please Indra Dev. But Krishna was a firm believer of Karma, and asked the villagers to do their duty and not get worried about those things that they can’t control.

He further said that all the farmers should concentrate on farming and protecting their cattle, rather than performing prayers or conduct sacrifices. Krishna was able to convince them and all the villagers did not perform Puja.

Lord Indra decided to take revenge
Lord Indra decided to take revenge

When Lord Indra saw the people worshiping Govardhan hill instead of him, he decided to avenge the insult. He called the Samavartaka clouds of devastation and ordered them to lash upon Vrindavan with torrents of rain and thunderstorms.  He caused torrential rains and extensive floods to destroy the livelihood of the inhabitants.

Little Krishna understood Indra Dev’s intention lifted up the entire Govardhan Hill on his little finger and held it like an umbrella. One by one, all villagers along with their cattle and other belongings took shelter under the Govardhan hill for seven days.

Lord Indra apologizes to Lord Krishna
Lord Indra apologized to Lord Krishna

On seeing Krishna’s divine power, Indra Dev called back the clouds of devastation and stopped the thunderstorms.  Krishna’s taught Indra Dev a lesson of life and shattered his false pride into pieces. Lord Indra apologized and Krishna bestowed his grace on Indra and also enlightened him about his duties.

Different names of Pongal in many regions of India:-

People make rangoli on this festival
People make rangolis on this festival
  • Makar Sankranti
  • Bihu
  • Hadaga
  • Lohri
  • Poki

Common Symbols associated with Pongal are:-

People burn their old items on Bhogi
People burn their old items on Bhogi
  • The Sun
  • Wheat grains
  • The chariot
  • The sickle
  • Kolam

Watch Video: Lord Indra’s ego was shattered by Lord Krishna

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