Known Facts About Govardhan Puja
Govardhan Puja is an auspicious day to appease Lord Krishna, as this day marks his victory against Lord Indra. Govardhan Puja underlines the importance of basic elements in human life. Govardhan Puja is said to be a perfect time to show your love towards mother nature. According to the Hindu calendar, people celebrate this festival on the first day of Shukla Paksha in the Kartik month. Devotees perform Annakut Puja, where they offer Chhappan Bhoga (56 food items) before the idol of Lord Krishna. The word Govardhan is derived from the Govardhan mountain, which was single-handedly lifted by Lord Krishna. Know when is the Govardhan Puja Shubh Muhurat in 2020.
Important Date, Govardhan Puja Time And Govardhan Puja Muhurat
Govardhan Puja Date: November 15, 2020 - Sunday
Govardhan Puja Timings:
- Govardhan Puja Sayankala Muhurat: 03:19 PM to 05:27 PM
- Pratipada Tithi Begins: 10:36 AM (Nov 15, 2020)
- Pratipada Tithi Ends: 07:06 AM (Nov 16, 2020)
Govardhan Puja Story
Referring to Vishnu Puran, Lord Krishna once asked mother Yashoda the reason for worshipping God Indra. Mother Yashoda explained that people worship God Indra in order to get satisfactory rain for farming, foddering cows or to obtain cereals from cultivated lands. Young Kanha disagreed with Maa Yashoda and asked the villagers to stop worshipping God Indra, instead of it he requested them to worship the Govardhan mountain, as the mountain would help the villagers to bring adequate rain. Lord Krishna ended the rituals to offer large amounts of food to God Indra and further advised the villagers to use it for feeding their families.
God Indra was furious by the act of the young boy and he decided to take revenge in the form of torrential rain and storm. Due to the heavy rains, the people of Gokul were stranded and asked Lord Krishna to intervene. Young Krishna immediately took the villagers at Govardhan hill, where he uprooted the mountain on his little finger. Villagers, along with their pets, took shelter from Govardhan mountain. Lord Krishna lifted the mountain for straight 7 days and even after extremely poor weather conditions, villagers were unharmed. Soon, God Indra found that the young boy is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Performing Vishnu Puja on this auspicious day helps to bring positivity in your house. In case you are not aware of Vedic Puja rituals, let our expert Pandit perform Vishnu Puja for you. God Indra kneeled before Lord Krishna and sought forgiveness for his wrong deeds. This is how the rituals of worshipping Govardhan mountain took place, which is known as Govardhan Puja.
Perform Annakut Puja To Impress Lord Krishna
On the occasion of Annakut Puja, a large number of pilgrims travel to worship Govardhan mountain, which is located in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The elderly people who are unable to walk on the mountain, prepare Chhappan Bhoga prasad for Lord Krishna. Chappan Bhog is basically 56 different food items made up of delicacies, sweets or savouries. Offering a prasad of Chappan Bhog symbolizes an individual's respect towards mother nature, or in other words, one may receive the divine blessings of Lord Krishna. After worshipping Lord Krishna, a group of people serve Chappan Bhog prasad to the other devotees and sing Govardhan Puja bhajan.
Govardhan Puja Vidhi
Read the below steps to perform Govardhan Puja:
- In the morning, light diyas and incense sticks inside your home temple
- Many people involve themselves in Govardhan Puja drawing to make an idol of it
- Draw Govardhan made by gobar (cow dung) on your home turf
- Offer Chhapan Bhog prasad to Govardhan idol
- Sing devotional songs, mantras and revolve around the idol of Govardhan
- Do giri Govardhan Puja aarti and serve prasad to other devotees
Govardhan Puja Mantra
Recite the below mantra in front of the Govardhan idol in order to complete your puja:
“|| श्रीगिर्रिराजधरणप्रभुतेरीशरण ||”
For detailed insights of effective Puja mantra, you may consult our expert astrologers.
Happy Govardhan Puja
Our team wishes you a very Happy Govardhan Pooja 2020.
With Ganesha’s Grace,
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team