Govardhan Puja also known as Annakut Puja or Annakoot Puja is an auspicious festival celebrated by the Hindus. This festival is celebrated the day after Diwali. During this puja, Govardhan Hill is worshipped. Apart from this, there is also a ritual of offering a variety of food to Lord Krishna on this day. Govardhan Puja 2023 will be celebrated on 14 November, the day after Diwali (which will be on 12-13 November). The Puja will be conducted twice in the day, i.e. morning and evening. Continue reading this article for further insights on Govardhan Puja 2023!
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Govardhan Puja Date and Time
According to the Hindu Calendar, Hindus celebrate Govardhan Puja on the Pratibha Tithi, Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. It is celebrated just a day after Diwali.
This year Goverdhan Puja will be celebrated on 14 November 2023. The Goverdhan Puja Pratahkala Muhurat is from 06:43 AM to 08:52 AM..
The Pratipada Time begins on 13 November 2023 at 14:56 and the Pratipada time ends on 14 November 2023 at 14:36.
Govardhan Puja 2023: History
In India, Diwali is a five-day festival in which one day is dedicated to Goverdhan Puja. It is believed that once Indra Dev the “God of rain” got angry with the people of Braj for not worshipping him and due to this started heavy rain in Mathura. This is when Lord Krishna raised the Govardhan Hill on his finger and protected the villagers from the harsh weather conditions created by Indra Dev.
Hence, the festival of Govardhan Puja is celebrated. This is to offer gratitude to Govardhan and Lord Krishna for saving his devotees.
Govardhan Puja: Significance
Govardhan Puja is an auspicious festival which upholds the powerful bond of faith, devotion and protection between God and the devotees. The story behind this festival is to educate every human on the importance of natural forces and not to take them for granted. One should always remember that we should always respect Mother Nature and must be grateful for all the blessings bestowed upon us.
The story of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill and protecting his bhakts or devotees shows that bhakti is the only way to connect with divinity.
How to Celebrate Govardhan Puja?
On this day, a large number of pilgrims travel to worship Govardhan mountain, which is located in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. For Lord Krishna, the elderly folks who are unable to climb the mountain prepare Chhappan Bhoga Prasad.
Chappan Bhog is a collection of 56 dishes that includes savoury, sweet, and luscious foods. Offering a prasad of Chappan Bhog symbolises one’s respect for Mother Nature, or, to put it another way, one may obtain Lord Krishna’s heavenly blessings. Following the devotion of Lord Krishna, certain individuals distribute Chappan Bhog to the other devotees while also singing Govardhan Puja Bhajan.
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The Govardhan Puja celebrates the act of thanksgiving to Lord Krishna. The Puja symbolizes taking refuge in the name of Lord Krishna and how he helped his devotees in times of deep crisis.
The time of Goverdhan Puja in 2023 is : Govardhan Puja Pratahkala Muhurat – 06:43 to 08:52, Pratipada Tithi Begins – 14:56 on 13 November 2023, Pratipada Tithi Ends – 14:36 on 14 November 2023
The real Govardhan Parvat is located in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.