Devotees of Lord Krishna perform the Govardhan puja or Annakut on the Pratipada Tithi, Shukla Paksha (phase of the Moon) in the Hindu month of Kartik.
This day ranks fourth in the five-day Diwali festival that begins with Govatsa Dwadashi puja followed by Naraka Chaturdashi and Lakshmi Pujan.
This festival is associated with the Lord Krishna’s triumph over Indra. Online puja services will tell you some points about Govardhan puja as the following-
Govardhan Puja 2020 Date
On November 15, 2020
Govardhan Puja 2020 Tithi
The Pratipada tithi begins at 10:36 a.m. on November 15 and ends at 7:06 a.m. on November 16.
Govardhan Puja 2020 Time
According to the online astrology consultation Puja or shubh muhurat time is between 3:19 p.m. and 5:27 p.m.
Puja vidhi and aarti
Govardhan Puja is celebrated after one day of Diwali.
And the aspect of this ritual is making a small hill out of cow dung and mud. Chappan bhog 56 kinds of food- are offered to Lord Krishna. Miniature Govardhan Mountain is enhanced with flowers.
Unboiled milk, homemade sweets, bath, etc. are offered to the hill.
Meaning of Govardhan Puja
Devotees salute Shri Krishna and thank the Govardhan Parvat -who saved the people of Braj Bhoomi after Indra Dev caused massive floods to avenge them.
They offer a variety of food preparations to the Lord and Govardhan’s parvat. In some places, Chhapan Bhog, a platter consisting of 56 recipes are made and offered to the deity as a token of gratitude.
The food is presented as a miniature mountain and is also known as Annakut. Devotees from the Braj region (consisting of present-day Mathura and Vrindavan) surround the remains of the Govardhan Parvat and pay homage to it.
Legend of Govardhan Puja
According to puja services one of the legends mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana, the people of the Braj region would make huge offerings and sacrifices to appease Lord Indra and seek his blessings.
Once Lord Krishna, who was then a child, wondered why one should resort to appeasement. He firmly believed that appeasement should be discouraged.
And Bhakti (devotion) should be the only way to connect with God. After realizing that Krishna raised a point, Nanda and the Brijwasis ended the tradition of offerings to Indra Dev.
Instead, they chose to make their Karma.
His decision to end the tradition enraged Indra and to avenge the insult, he hit the region with torrential rains and thunderstorms. Indra’s anger caused the loss of property and livestock.
People were displaced and suffered massive losses. And to end his sufferings, Krishna lifted the gigantic Govardhan Mountain with his little finger and thus provided shelter for people, and cattle.
Indra continued with his destructive plan for seven days and seven nights, and on the eighth day, he admitted defeat. Thus, he bowed to the boy, who was the embodiment of none other than Lord Vishnu.
Annakoot for Govardhan Puja
Annakoot is a mixture of various cereals that are offered for Lord Krishna to worship him. After the Puja, these sweets are distributed among the devotees of the Lord.
In various temples, during the night vigil of Annakoot, songs and dances are also performed, and the worship of Lord Krishna yearns for a prosperous life.
We at Star Tell wish you a very happy and prosperous Govardhan Puja!