Govardhan Pooja Muhurat and Significance
Festival of Govardhan is celebrated as dedication towards Lord Krishna. It is believed that Lord Krishna himself suggested the people of Gokul to perform Govardhan Pooja. Every festival in India has a spiritual significance behind it. Here we will learn about the significance of Govardhan Pooja.
Govardhan 2014 Puja Muhurat
Govardhan Pooja in the year 2014 will be celebrated on 24 October 2014. The time for Pooja is –
06:27 AM – 10:40 AM
12:05 PM – 13:29 PM
16:18 PM – 17:43 PM
20:54 PM – 22:59 PM
It is widely celebrated in the regions of North India. Govardhan is actually a mountain which is worshipped on this day. The legend of this mountain is associated with Lord Krishna and since that day Lord Krishna also got the name Govardhandhari.
Govardhan is celebrated on the Pratipada Tithi of month Kartik. The commencement of pooja depends on the starting time of Pratipada. Several times this festival coincides with the Gujarati New Year that falls on Shukla Paksha Pratipada of Kartik month.
Legend behind the Celebration of Govardhan Puja
This festival is celebrated to pay tribute to the Mother Nature with the help of whom we survived on earth. As per the legend, Govardhan Parbat once saved the lived of many people from fatal rainfall.
As per the Vishnu Puran, people of Gokul used to worship Lord Indra and celebrate a festival to pay him tribute, as he is the God of Rain. But Krishna changed the perspective of the people of Gokul. He said Annakut hill also known as Govardhan is the real God who should be worshipped. This is because it gives them food, hence we should worship this mountain instead of worshipping Indra.
Due to this, Lord Indra got angry and cursed the people of Gokul with incessant rain. But Krishna defeated him by lifting the Govardhan hill on this little finger and rescuing the people of Gokul under it. Since then, this day is celebrated to honour Govardhan Pooja as a tribute to Govardhan Hill.
This occasion is also celebrated as Annakut. In Maharashtra, this day is celebrated as Padva or Bali Pratipada, as they believe that Kind Bali comes out of Pataal Lok to rule the kingdom of Bhu Lok every year.
Celebration of Annakut or Govardhan Puja
Since Gokul is located in Mathura city, Govardhan Pooja is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in Mathura. Govardhan hill is also situated in Mathura only. People take a round (Parikrama) of this hill on this day and perform Puja.
Mounds of Krishna or Govardhandhari are made of cow dung on this day. Devotees decorate these mounds with flowers and worship them. As the name ‘Annakut’ suggests, people make different types of ‘Bhog’ (dishes) in order to offer it to the Lord Krishna.
On this day, the idols of deities are bathed in milk and dressed with new clothes. After worshipping Lord Krishna with traditional prayers, people offer ‘Bhog’ (special foods) to the Lord and keep some portion of it as Prasad.