Celebrating Govardhan – a day after Diwali

 Krishna lifting the Govardhan mountain on his little finger. Govardhan is a mountain in Vrindavan near Mathura in India where Lord Krishna was born. The day after Diwali is celebrated as Govardhan. The story/myth behind the celebration is very interesting. A long time ago Vrindavan was a village kingdom. The inhabitants were mostly farmers and…

Janamashtmi – celebrating Krishna

As a child in the sixties and seventies, growing up in Army Cantonments in India I loved festival time as it meant lots of exclusive dishes cooked for the occasion.  Some of these were annual recipes and Janamashtmi also has its share of unique recipes.  Sweetmeats ( barfi) made of  coconut and thickened milk, musk…

Jagannath Yatra Celebrations

In India festivals are colourful celebrations full of rituals, legends and myths. Food cooked is very special and distinct for every festival.  It is according to the seasons and the harvest available at the time.  On 18th of July 2015 is the annual sojourn of Lord Krishna popularly known as Lord Jagannath from the temple…