Here’s why Govardhan Puja celebrated, auspicious time, history and importance

Also known as Annakut Puja, it is a day when the devotees of Lord Krishna remember and honour his victory over Lord Indra.

Govardhan Puja will be celebrated and celebrated by devotees across the country on 5th November this year. Usually this special event falls on the next day of Diwali.

Also known as Annakoot Puja, it is a day when the devotees of Lord Krishna remember and honor his victory over Lord Indra. Many people also worship Lord Krishna at their home. According to the Hindu calendar, Govardhan Puja is conducted on Pratipada Tithi, Shukla Paksha (moon phase) in the month of Kartik.

In many states, people in Maharashtra call Govardhan Puja as Bali Pratipada. Like the rest of the country, they also celebrate this festival with equal love and enthusiasm.

What is Annakut?
It refers to a mixture of various grains which includes besan curry, wheat, rice etc. On the day of Govardhan Puja, devotees make this special food to be offered to Lord Krishna.

After the puja, several sweets along with anakoot are distributed among the devotees. During the puja, people pray to Lord Krishna for a long, prosperous and healthy life. Meanwhile, in temples across the country, people dance and sing songs even on the night of Annakoot.

Auspicious time:
Govardhan Puja will start at 6:36 am and will end by 8:47 am (Morning Muhurta). Duration is of 2 hours 11 minutes.

Govardhan Puja will start at 3:22 pm and will end by 5:33 pm (evening muhurta). Duration is of 2 hours 11 minutes.

Whereas Pratipada Tithi will start at 02:44 am on 5th November 2021 and end at 11:14 pm on the same day.

History and Significance:
During Govardhan Puja, a major ritual involves preparing a small hill with cow dung and clay. Devotees do this as a symbol of the actual Govardhan Parvat (hill). They pay homage to both Lord Krishna and Parvat who helped and rescued the people of Braj Bhumi, when Lord Indra caused a massive flood to teach a lesson to the villagers.

In addition, people also prepare an elaborate food thali of 56 items and offer it to Lord Krishna. Meanwhile, raw milk, sweets and other items are kept on the miniature Govardhan Parvat.