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Story of 56 Bhog – Why is Lord Krishna offering 56 different types of Food?



56 Bhog – 56 different types of food items – is an important offering to Lord Krishna. Here is the story behind offering 56 bhog.

Legend has it that Mata Yashoda used to offer 8 different types of food items to child Krishna.

Once, Bhagavan Sri Krishna lifted the Govardhan Mountain to save the people of Braj from the wrath of Indra.


Indra created torrential rain for seven days and Bhagavan Sri Krishna stood for seven days lifting the Govardhan Mountain. He did not eat food neither did he drank water during the seven days.

Indra’s ego was deflated and he asked for forgiveness.

When Sri Krishna returned home, Mata Yashoda made 56 different types of food and served it to Sri Krishna. 8 dishes X 7 days.

From that day onwards, people started offering 56 different types of food to Sri Krishna for getting his blessings.

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