How to Celebrate Govardhan Puja

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Marking up a new entrant into the series of the celebration of festivals around India, we’ve reached back to Govardhan Puja. Celebrated across India as part of the Diwali, this one holds significant value to the core religious belief of Hindus. Let’s head over to know the tidbits around the Govardhan Puja.

The Origin

As the legend goes by, Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill, situated along the regions of Braj. The act is a commemoration of the deeds between Lord Indra and Lord Krishna. The moment changed the perception of the people in the Vrindaban from worshipping distant gods and start praising the avatar of God, i.e. nature.

Importance and Legends of Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja is celebrated on the fourth day of Diwali and marked as an auspicious occasion in the calendar of Hindu followers. It is generalized as the first lunar day of the month of Kartik according to the Hindu calendar. The day also marks the start of Vikram Samvat Calendar. The occasion is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm across the Northern regions of India, i.e. Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

 How to Celebrate Govardhan Puja

The auspicious date

If you’ve been looking around for the date along the celebration of Govardhan Puja, then the festival falls on 31st of October on the day of Monday for 2016.

Time –

Govardhan Puja Pratahkal Muhurat = 05:51 AM  to 08:06 AM

Duration = 2 Hours 15 Mins
Govardhan Puja Evening  Muhurat = 14:52 to 17:08
Duration = 2 Hours 15 Mins

Celebration Rituals along with How to Celebrate Govardhan Puja

Celebrate in commemoration of Govardhan Hill

  • In many parts of India, the day of Govardhan Puja is marked by preparing hillocks of cow-dung.
  • The hillocks are then decorated with flowers and more.
  • The hillock is a tribute to Govardhan Hill which ultimately leads to the worshipping of Lord Govardhan.

brate it as Anna-Koot

  • Govardhan Puja or simply the fourth day of Diwali is also celebrated as Anna-Koot by some communities. The word Anna-Koot literally means mountain of foods whereby different varieties of dishes are prepared in a tribute to Lord Krishna.
  • The prepared dishes are generally in form of fifty-six or one hundred and eight varieties that marks the Lord Krishna’s Bhog.
  • Significantly the temples around Mathura and Nathdwara offers Lord Krishna’s deity statute a milk bath and appraises with new shining attires and jewels.
  • The deities are worshipped along with offerings for sweets, prasads, and fruits.

Mark it as Padwa celebration

  • Going by the Hindu mythology, the fourth day of Diwali, i.e. Govardhan Puja or the day following the Amavasya is often revered as ‘Kartik Shuddh Padwa’.
  • The day marks the occasion when King Bali steps out of ‘Patal Lok’ and proceeds to rule the ‘Bhoo Lok’.
  • The ruling of ‘Bhoo Lok’ is part of the boon that was granted to him by Batu Vaman.
  • The day is often named as Bali Padyami, Padwa, Varshapratipada as part of the coronation of King Vikramaditya who started the Vikram-Samvat.

Revere the Govardhan Puja as Gudi Padwa

  • There is a customary belief that marks the occasion of Govardhan Puja as Gudi Padwa.
  • The day holds rituals that hold significance to Hindu communities and families.
  • Going by the books, the day marks the occasion when wife offers ‘Tilak’ to her husband and performs ‘Aarti’ to profess longevity of his life.
  • The husband in return is said to offer gifts that mark the appreciation of the love and tender care that a wife offers around.
  • The festival Gudi Padwa penultimate is an occasion which marks the devotion, respect, and love between the wife and husband.

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