Govardhan Puja comes after Diwali day and is popular as Annakut among Hindu worshippers. In some places, it is also referred to as Badi Diwali or the fourth day of Diwali. This also signifies the first day of Vikram Samvat (Hindu) Calendar. Goverdhan Puja also marks the New Year for the western states like Gujarat and hence celebrates this day as “Bestubaras”. Some celebrate this day as Padwa or Balipratipada which solemnizes the victory of Lord Vishnu over King Bali.
Goverdhan Muhurat timings- Puja timings:
This will be celebrated on 15th November (Thursday) in the year 2020.
Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat = 03:19 Pm to 05:27 Pm
Duration = 2 Hours 09 Mins
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 10:36 on 15/Nov/2020
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 07:37 on 16/Nov/2020
It is a belief that on this distinguished day; Lord Krishna had held the Govardhan parvat (hill) on his small finger for seven days to save the villagers from massive rainfall in Mathura under which the Gopi Gopika remained seven days happily. On the seventh day, God kept Govardhan Mountain down and said to celebrate Annakoot festival by worshiping Govardhan every year. From then onwards, this festival was celebrated in the name of Annakoot among the Brajwasi and nearby places.
on Goverdhan Puja:
. It has a special significance in Hindu mythology as cows are worshiped in Govardhan Puja and they have been fed their favorite foods.
. By feeding cows followed by doing aartis are considered special rituals. In this day, bhog (food) made from wheat, rice, grains, kadhi (made with gram flour) and vegetables are also cooked.
. After making Goverdhan Mountain by cow dung, worshipping that Govardhan with water mouli, roli rice, and bhog.