Friday, October 20, 2017

Govardhan Puja: Celebrating Lord Krishna’s Victory, Get Puja Vidhi

Celebrate the victory of Lord Krishna! On the auspicious occasion of Govardhan Puja, read how Lord Indra, due to his sheer arrogance and ego, got the right mind from Lord Krishna and learned the lesson.

As per Hindu calendar, Govardhan Puja or Annakoot signifies Lord Krishna defeating Lord Indra by killing his ego and lifting the Govardhan hill on his finger. It is widely celebrated across India with joy and gratitude and performed on the fourth day of Diwali. People worship a heap of grain, which symbolizes the Govardhan hill, with a full heart and wish for prosperity and happiness. It is a popular festival across India’s many states such as Mathura, Vrindavan, Bihar, Nandgaon, Gokul, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

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Govardhan Puja Muhurat 2017

Auspicious TimeStarting TimeEnding TimeDuration
Govardhan Puja Pratahkal Muhurat06:24:40 (Morning)08:41:08 (Morning)2 Hour 16 Minute
Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat15:30:35 (Afternoon)17:47:04 (Evening)2 Hour 16 Minute

Timings are applicable for New Delhi (locally). Know the exact muhurat for your city: Govardhan Puja Muhurat

Legend Behind The Big Day

According to the fables and legends, villagers in Gokul were preparing enthusiastically for a great feast, singing songs and praising Lord Indra for his blessings and recent downpours. Little Krishna asked his mother Yashoda about the whole scenario, and proposed worshipping Govardhan Parvat, as it is rightfully the major source of food for cattles and has a terrestrial plain for plants and trees to absorb water. 

As Gokul villagers agreed on this, Lord Indra became enraged, taking this whole idea as an insult, got drowned in power and initiated heavy downpour. Seeing how terrified people were, Lord Krishna came forward, and lifted Govardhan Parvat just on his finger. After 7 days of constant disaster, Lord Indra realised his mistake, and apologised to Lord Krishna for his arrogance and egoistic behaviour. 

On this day, lakhs of people visit the Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh just to pay their respects to Govardhan Parvat and circumnavigate around it.

Annakoot Celebrations

During Govardhan Puja, people organize Annakoot, where several kinds of cereals are mixed and offered to Lord Krishna. In some places, Khichdi, fried Puri and sweets out of milk is prepared and offered as “bhoga” to the beloved Lord Krishna.

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Let the festivities begin! AstroSage wishes you an exciting and joyful Govardhan Puja!

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