Govardhan Puja 2014: Fourth Day Of Diwali
Diwali is undoubtedly the most celebrated platter of festive days in our country. As you all know that Diwali is not something that ends overnight; it is actually celebrated for five days, beginning with Dhanteras. Govardhan Puja takes place on the fourth day of Diwali. Now, let’s talk more about the holy day of Govardhan Puja. It is also known as Annakoot and Diwali Padwa.
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Govardhan Puja 2014: Muhurat
- Puja Muhurat: From 09:18 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
- Rahukaal is from 10:41 am to 12:05 pm.
- Abhijit Muhurat is from 11:42 am to 12:27 pm.
Lord Krishna is worshiped on the day of Govardhan Puja. But, what is the reason behind naming it as Govardhan Puja? Let’s find out the answer.
Govardhan Puja 2014: Why Is It Known As Govardhan Puja?
To find out the answer, one needs to go through Vishnu Purana. According to the evidences in it, Lord Krishna contributed largely to save the people from an impending danger at Braj. Let’s know how.
Govardhan is a hillock at Braj. Once, Krishna had suggested the people of Gokul to pay reverence to the nature in order to ask for rains. Actually, before Lord Krishna’s suggestion, the Gokul natives believed in worshiping Lord Indra (the lord of rain) to call down rain. They followed his advice, although this enraged Lord Indra, and he submerged the whole place of Braj with heavy downpours. Concluding this, Lord Krishna came to the rescue. He lifted the hill of Govardhan with his finger and sheltered the natives of Gokul under it. Following this incident, Krishna came to be known as Govardhan Dhari (the one who holds Govardhan Parvat). This came to be the reason for celebrating the day as Govardhan Puja.
Govardhan Puja 2014: Rituals & Procedures
Following are the rituals that are associated with the day of Govardhan Puja:
- On the occasion of Govardhan, a replica of Govardhan hill is made from cow dung and decorated with flowers.
- Then Govardhan hill is worshipped as the incarnation of Lord Krishna and devotees also worship cows, who are considered as dear to the Lord.
- The most important ritual of Govardhan Puja is Annakut. Annakoot means ‘a mountain of food’, which comprises of about 56 or 108 delicious dishes.
- Lord Krishna is given a bath with milk and adorned with new clothes and jewellery.
- Then, Annakut is offered to Lord Krishna in form of Prasad and distributed among other devotees.
- The proceedings are accompanied by Bhajan (devotional songs) sung by devotees to honor Lord Krishna.
Govardhan Puja 2014: Aarti Of The Day
Following are the lines of Aarti that is performed to honor Lord Govardhan:
तेरे माथे मुकुट विराज रहेओ ।
तोपे पान चढ़े तोपे फूल चढ़े,
तोपे चढ़े दूध की धार ।
तेरी सात कोस की परिकम्मा,
चकलेश्वर है विश्राम ।
तेरे गले में कंठा साज रेहेओ,
ठोड़ी पे हीरा लाल ।
तेरे कानन कुंडल चमक रहेओ,
तेरी झांकी बनी विशाल ।
गिरिराज धारण प्रभु तेरी शरण ।
This is the perfect day to honor Lord Krishna and to attain his blessings for a blissful life ahead. You need nothing, but a clean heart which is as precious as adornment of jewels. Happy Govardhan Puja in 2014!