Govardhan Puja festival is celebrated on the Pratipada of the Shukla Paksha of the Kartik month. Govardhan is also called “Anandoot Puja”. In the general language, if the Govardhan worship is done the next day of Diwali.
On this day, Lord Krishna started worshipping Govardhan instead of worshipping Indra. On this day, in the courtyard of the cow dung house, a picture of Govardhan is considered in the period of Pradosha. Here are the details of Importance of Diwali Govardhan Puja Date, Time and Significance.
Importance of Diwali Govardhan Puja Date, Time and Significance
Govardhan is celebrated on the second day of Diwali. The auspicious Puja is on 20th October, Friday. On the day of Govardhan Puja, cereals prepared like wheat, rice, curry made from gram flour and leafy vegetables are prepared. Those who are offered to Lord Krishna.
Morning- from 06:28 to 08:43 in the morning
Muhurat of the evening – 03:27 pm to 05:42 pm
Pratipada – Starting from 00:41 pm (20th of October 2017)
Perception date expires – up to 1:37 pm (21st of October 2017)
According to Hindu scriptures, people in the forest of Vrindavan followed a practice of offering lavish means to Lord Indra- The God of rain and storm to make sure he is pleased enough to bless them with timely rainfall and good harvest. The age-old custom was questioned by little Krishna who found the practice to be a little harsh for the poor farmers who found it very hard to arrange food for the lavish bhog. He slowly convinced the entire village to stop making these offerings to Lord Indra and look after themselves and the village instead.
Angered by the lack of food offered, Indra sent down torrential rain and thunderstorm out of anger to the region of Vrindavan. The storm continued for days, and the houses begin to drown. Fearing for their lives, the villagers approached Krishna for help who then asked everyone to proceed to the Govardhan hill. Once there, he lifted the whole hill with his little finger, urging everyone to come under the hill to take shelter from the storm, and thus saving them from the wrath of Indra.
The torrential rain continues to 7 days continuously, and Krishna kept holding the mountain on his little finger all through these days without moving. Ultimately Indra bowed to the might of Krishna and stopped the rains in Vrindavan. Since then, Govardhan Puja has been celebrated by people. Mainly in the northern states such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Bihar.
On this auspicious day, several pilgrims to the Govardhan hill and offer food and delicacies to thank Krishna for his blessings and protection.
By offering the Annakoota people show their gratitude towards the lord. This meal is also known as the Chappan bhog. The puja is also significant as it spreads the message of conserving the natural resources. Worshipping the mother nature has always been an integral practice in Hinduism. The main purpose behind the mountain worship has always been conservation and protection of the vulnerable and precious natural resources.
On this day, after making a picture of Govardhan with cow dung in the courtyard of the house, worship is performed after burning the lamp from roti, rice, kheer, teller, water, milk, paan, saffron, flower etc. Bathing cows and decorating them, worship them.