The festival of lights, better known as Diwali is preceded and followed by number of festivals. Govardhan Puja is one of them and is celebrated on the next day after Diwali. This year Govardhan Puja falls on 8th November, 2018. Goverdhan Puja generally occurs on the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.
Also called Annakut or Annakoot, it is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Krishna. Annakoot, which translates to “a mountain of food”, is offered to the lord as a mark of gratitude.
Govardhan Puja Story (When Lord Krishna Crashed Lord Indra’s Ego
A story mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana traces the origin of the Govardhan Puja. Cowherds living close to Govardhan in Uttar Pradesh used to celebrate the autumn season by paying respect to Indra, the God of rain and storm. Krishna, however, desired that the villagers worship Mount Govardhan instead as it provides natural resources to the villagers and was responsible for the natural phenomena that occur in the city of Gokul.
When Indra saw the villagers’ devotion diverted away from him and toward Krishna, he initiated thunderstorms and heavy rains in the city. To protect the people from the storms, Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain on his little finger and provided shelter to the people and cattle of the city. When the people of Gokul remained unaffected, even after 7-8 days of continuous storms, Indra accepted defeat and stopped the storms. This day is therefore celebrated as Govardhan Puja and respect is paid to Mount Govardhan and Lord Krishna and Govardhan has since become a major pilgrimage site in Braj for the Krishna devotees. (A Curse That Led To The Painful Death Of Lord Krishna)
On this day, people across the country create a hillock made of cow dung, that symbolically refers to Govardhan mountain. The hillock is also decorated with flowers before the puja.
Rituals to follow!
On this auspicious day, several pilgrims go to the Govardhan hill and offer food and delicacies to Lord Krishna.
Devotees celebrate Govardhan pooja by making food offerings to the mountain in the name of Lord Krishna called Annakoot.
Some of the common items found in the chappan bhog are makhan misri, kheer, rasgulla,jeera ladoo, jalebi, rabri, mathri, malpua, mohan bhog, chutney, murabba, saag, dahi, rice, dal, kadhi, ghewar, chila, papad, moong dal ka halwa, pakoda, khichadi etc.
There is also a common ritual of making small mounds of cow dung to represent Govardhan Mountain, which is then beautifully decorated with flowers.
Govardhan Puja 2018 Puja Muhurat
The Puja is conducted during Pratipada Tithi of Kartik month. Below are timings of Muhurat for the puja, as reported by drikpanchang.com
Pratipada Tithi starts at 9:31 pm on November 7, 2018, and ends at 9:07 pm the next day.
Govardhan Puja Pratahkal Muhurat is between 6:42 am to 8:51 am, that is, a total duration of 2 hours and 9 minutes.
Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat is between 3:18 pm to 5:27 pm, also, a total duration of 2 hours and 9 minutes.
We wish you a very Happy Goverdhan Puja