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If yes, you have come to the right place. Govardhan Puja (गोवर्धन पूजा) in 2017 will be observed on Friday, 20th October.
As per Hindu calendar, Govardhan Puja (गोवर्धन पूजा) is celebrated on the day after Diwali i.e First day of Kartik month.
What is Govardhan Puja?
Govardhan Puja (गोवर्धन पूजा), also known as ‘Godhan ans Annakut’, is a Hindu festival which is usually observed in the months of October or November. However, Govardhan Puja(गोवर्धन पूजा) in 2017 will be observed on Friday, 20th October. Govardhan Puja (गोवर्धन पूजा) is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated Lord Indra. Govardhan Puja (गोवर्धन पूजा) is primarily observed in India but is celebrated in all Hindu communities all over the world.
Rituals of Govardhan Puja:
On this day people worship Lord Krishna and Mount Govardhan (Govardhan Parvat). Govardhan Puja (गोवर्धन पूजा) is the fourth day of five days Diwali celebrations. The first being Dhanteras, second is Narak Chaturdashi, third is Diwali, fourth is Govardhan and fifth day is Bhai Dooj. According to Hindu mythology, it was on this day that Lord Krishna taught people to worship the supreme controller of Nature (Govardhan) and not God of Rains (Indra). The most spectacular celebrations can be seen in the sates of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
History behind Govardhan Puja:
There are many legends that allude to the origin of Govardhan Puja. The most popular of these, states that Govardhan was a small hillock that was located near Mathura at a place called Braj. According to the Vishnu Puraan, that the town of Gokul used to worship Lord Indira because of their belief that he was the one who provided them with rains. The rains were important because their life and livelihood depended on it. However, Lord Krishna told the people that it wasn’t Indra but Govardhan Parvat that brought the rains and therefore the latter should be worshiped and prayed to. When the people followed this ordinance, Lord Indira’s wrath on the people resulted in heavy rains. Lord Krishna then saved the people of Gokul by first praying to Govardhan Parvat and then lifting it on his little finger under which the people took shelter from the rains.
This day is also known as ‘Padwa’ in Maharashtra because of the victory of Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, over King Bali. It is also marks the day King Vikramaditya was coroneted and is known as the Vikram Samvat.
More often than not, this day coincides with the beginning of the Gujarati New Year. However, it is possible for the Govardhan Puja to occur a day before the beginning of the new year.
Govardhan Puja Muhurat:
Pratahkal Muhurat:06:29am to 08:26am
Sayankal Muhurat:03:36pm to 05:53pm