Govardhan Pooja 2017: Pooja Vidhi, Mahurat And Significance

| October 20 , 2017 , 13:11 IST

The entire nation celebrated Diwali on October 19th with great fervour but the festivities are still going on. Following the festival of lights, devotees observe Govardhan Pooja which arrives just after Diwali. This year, the day is commemorated on October 20.

As every other festival, Govardhan Pooja also has a relevance and history attached to its celebration. On the auspicious occasion, devotees offer prayers to Lord Krishna and remember the might the almighty showcased while victoriously defeating the arrogance of Lord Indra.

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The day is famously known as Annakut or Annajoot which means the mountain of food signifying the Govardhan mountain. The festival is celebrated to remember the day when Lord Krishna defeated Lord Indra - the god of rain and storm, in order to protect Vrindavan from his wrath.

Annakut Pooja is performed by the people in various northern Indian states such as Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This day is celebrated as 'Gudi Padwa' in Maharashtra whereas Gujaratis celebrate the day as 'Gujarati New Year'. Apart from exchanging wishes, neighbours share communal meals to mark the day.

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As per the historical texts, the villagers of Vrindavan used to offer Lord Indra elaborate meals to be blessed with timely rains and good harvest. When Lord Krishna questioned the annual practice performed by the villagers, Lord Indra was offended and in order to teach them a lesson, he sends down the thunderstorm and torrential rains.

It is believed that to save the villagers, Lord Krishna lifted an entire hill of 'Govardhan' on his little finger. He sheltered the people under the hill and saved their lives. After seven days of non-stop raining, Lord Indra bowed down to the might of Lord Krishna and stopped the shower.

Pooja Vidhi

Vegetarian delicacies are offered to Lord Krishna to showcase gratitude for always protecting their devotees from harm and people make Govardhan hill either with cow dung or mud and worship it while wishing the almighty to bless them and their family with good health and happiness.

Pooja Muhurat

Pratipada Tithi - Starts From 12:41 am on October 20, 2017

Pratipada Tithi - Ends at 1:37 am on October 21, 2017

Govardhan Puja Pratahkal Muhurat - 6:28 am to 8:43 am

Duration - 2 hours 14 mins

Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat - 3:27 pm to 5:42 pm

Duration - 2 hours 14 mins