This day is related to the childhood of Lord Sri Krishna. On this day Sri Krishna had subdued the arrogance and ego of Indra, the king of Devatas.
Govardhan Puja is celebrated on the day following Deepavali. As per traditional Indian almanac it is the Pratipada Tithi in Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon) in the Hindu month of Kartik.
According to Bhagavata Purana, on this day, Sri Krishna had lifted Mount Govardhan to provide shelter to people, who had faced wrath of Indra. This incident enhances our faith that God will protect all devotees, who take refuge in him.
Mount Govardhan remains a major pilgrimage site for devotees of Sri Krishna. On this day, devotees circumnavigate the revered hill and offer delicacies to the mountain. This journey around Mount Govardhan is an 11 mile trek. This trek is dotted with several shrines on the way. Devotees offer flower and other offerings at these shrines.
Hill of food:
At some places on this day devotees worship the God with Chhapan Bhog, a tray containing 56 recipes. All these cuisines are arranged and served in the shape of a little mountain. So, this day is also termed Anankut.