Hindu World

Story behind 56 bhog.

To save his followers from the fury of rain god, Indra, Lord Krishna lifted the Goardhan Parvat (mountain) on his little finger for seven days. He didnt’t eat any thing during that period. Since lord Krishna used to have 8 meals a day so after 7 days all the devotees offered 56 (7×8) kinds of food to Lord Krishna. Even today, day after diwali is celebrated as ‘Goardhan Pooja’ and Goardhan mountain is worshipped . During the worship 56 kinds of food is prepared and offered to Lord Krishna. This special food is called “Annakut”. The Bhog also needs to be arranged in a definite sequence; Milk products arranged the closest to Him. This is followed by Besan items and then the salty food. At the end illachi is offered. 7 types of cereals 7 types of fruits 7 types of dryfruits 7 vegetables 7 sweets 7 drinks 7 namkeen 7 sauces or pickles in another variation one offer 16 kinds of namkeen’ 20 kinds of sweets 20 kinds of dry fruit Here is the list of 56 items which are offered with some variations in different part of the world. 1) Saag( Spinach) 2) Dahi (curd) 3) kheer ( sweet rice and milk) 4) Chawal (rice) 5) Rasgulla 6) Rabri 7) Mathi 8) Daal 9) Chutney 10) Kadi 11) Malpuda 12) murabba 13) Shakkarpaara 14) Ghewar 15) Chila 16) Jalebi 17) Papad 18) Dalia 19) Laddoo 20) Ghee 21) honey 22) Mohanbhog 23) Mathha 24) Lassi 25) Butter 26) Malai 27) Moong Dal Ka Halwa 28) Khichadi 29) Pakode 30) Brinjal 31) Lauki 32) Coconut chutney 33) Poori 34) Kachori 35) Roti 36) Badam Milk 37) Coconut water 38) Mango 39) Banana 40) Shkanjvi 41) Grapes 42) Apple 43) Plum 44) Cashew nuts 45) Almonds 46) Raisins 47) Pistachios 48) Channa 49) Tikki 50) Sweet Rice 51) Bhujia 52) Pudina Chutney 53) Saunf 54) Paan 55) Supaari 56) Illaichi