To continue the auspicious week of festivities, Govardhan Puja is celebrated on the fourth-day of Diwali’s festive week when devotees pay tributes and honour Lord Krishna. Govardhan Puja, which takes place the next day of Diwali is celebrated to treasure Lord Krishna’s victory over God Indra. As per the Hindu mythology, it is said that the people of Braj were rescued from heavy and dangerous rainfall by Lord Krishna, who lifted the Govardhan hill with his finger.
The festival is jubilant immensely among Vaishnavas and Krishna devotees, where they celebrate the significance of Govardhan Puja that if you have faith in God, no matter what happens, he will protect you. This year Govardhan Puja will fall on October 20 which is Friday and to celebrate the festival, devotees will prepare a massive feast of 56 food items for Lord Krishna. Govardhan Puja is also celebrated in Maharashtra as Bali Pratipada or Bali Padva. The feast is commonly known as Annakoot and it’s prepared to please Krishna for his efforts to save the villagers of Vrindavan.
Govardhan Puja 2017 Vidhi
On Govardhan Puja, devotees prepare 56 or 108 kinds of different meals which are cooked with wheat, rice, gram flour. The Vegetarian delicacies on Govardhan Puja, which are made up with vegetables, milk, pulses, and fruits are offered to Lord Krishna. Interestingly, to mark this auspicious day, a hillock is created from cow dung which is referred as Govardhan (the mountain Lord Krishna lifted) is decorated with flowers. The devotees walk all the way round the hillock to pray Lord Govardhan for their well being and to safeguard their families.
Govardhan Puja 2017 timings
Govardhan Puja celebrations will fall on October 20, 2017 and the essential timings to offer Govardhan Puja is as follows:
Govardhan Puja Pratahkal Muhurat = 6:12AM to 8:29AM
Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat = 3:22PM to 17:39PM