We are on the penultimate day of this auspicious festival now and I am sure that even the first timers would have become pretty familiar with the traditions of this gem among festivals.
As I mentioned earlier this festival is not for the faint hearted - its 5 days long! But it sure comes with its own merits too as you get sweets in all shapes, forms, and sizes and everyone encouraging you to have more and more! The fact that it might leave you in unwanted shapes and sizes is a totally different matter. So now back to the deal with the fourth day of the festival .....
The fourth day is celebrated in various forms all across India.
West: Best Baras or New Year as per their calendar.
North: Govardhan Puja - a spiritual harvest festival: Many thousands of years ago, Lord Krishna caused the people of Vraja to worship this sacred hill. From then on, every year, Hindus worship Govardhana to honor that first Puja is done by the people of Vraja.
Vishwakarma Day - People worship their instruments, arms & machinery
This day is also observed as an Annakoot meaning mountain of food. Pious people keep awake the whole night and cook fifty-six or 108 different types of food for the bhog (the offering of food) to Krishna. In temples especially in Mathura and Nathadwara, the deities are given milk bath, dressed in shining attires with ornaments of dazzling diamonds, pearls, rubies and other precious stones. After the prayers and traditional worship, innumerable varieties of delicious sweets are ceremoniously raised in the form of a mountain before the deities as "Bhog" and then the devotees approach the Mountain of Food and take Prasad from it.