Govardhan Pooja 2019
By: Future Point | 22-Oct-2019Views : 997
Govardhan Pooja is celebrated a day after the main event of Diwali, in the month of Kartik. The day is celebrated by Hindus as it is believed that Lord Krishna defeated Lord Indra on this day. This festival is also called as the Annakoot Pooja in some parts of the country.
“Go” means senses and “Vardhan” means “to increase”, which means that increasing one’s senses” and worshipping Lord Krishna. On this day devotees prepare varieties of food with grain and ghee and all kinds of milk preparations. The food is stacked in the form of a small hill and it is offered to the lord. Then later the food is distributed to everybody as Prasadam. Worshipping the Govardhan hill increases one’s devotion and belief towards Lord Krishna, who is the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Govardhan Puja 2019 date in India is the 28th of October.
Legend Attributed to Govardhan Pooja
Govardhan Pooja is celebrated to honor the history of Govardhan Parbat, which helped to save the lives of many people. It is believed that people of Gokul used to worship Lord Indra, also known as the god of rain. Lord Krishna explained various people of Gokul that Annakut Parvat or Govardhan Parvat is the real God who nurtures and saves you from drastic conditions by giving you food and shelter.
Hence, all of them started to worship Govardhan Parvat, because of which Lord Indra became furious and he started to rain too much in Gokul. Finally, Lord Krishna had saved their lives by lifting the Govardhan Hill from his little finger and covered the people of Gokul under it. In this way, Lord Indra was defeated by Lord Krishna. From then, this day started to be celebrated as Govardhan Pooja, to offer the homage to Govardhan Parvat.
How to Celebrate
Govardhan Pooja is celebrated all over the country by following various traditions and customs. Lord Krishna is worshipped to celebrate the victory of the god over evil power. People worship this mountain in the belief that they would get the source of living.
People often bath their cows and bulls in the morning and decorate them with saffron and garlands, etc. They make cow dung heap and worship by offering kheer, batashe, sweets, and delicious food with immense enthusiasm.
People of Gurukul and Mathura celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm and pleasure. They take Parikrama of the Govardhan hill. They also make a form of Govardhan Dhari Ji with the heap of cow dung and decorate it with flowers and worship them. Then the prayer is performed with traditional artis, bhog, and aarti.
Significance of Govardhan Pooja
Here are some of the reasons to know that why is Govardhan Pooja important:
Bali Pratipada or Bali Padyami
Govardhan Puja also signifies the victory of the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu over the evil King- Bali. On this auspicious day, Vishnu temples are decorated and worshipped.
Gujarati New Year or also referred to as Padwa
The natives of Gujrat celebrate their new year on the day of Govardhan pooja. They exchange gifts, pray for happiness and prosperity and seek the blessings from God from elders.
Anakoot is referred to as the mountain of food. People prepare 56 varieties of food for Lord Krishna. They bathe the idols of different deities with Milk, dress them beautifully and also decorate them with dazzling ornaments and precious stones.
While performing Govardhan Puja, people chant the following mantra to please Lord Krishna:
|| श्रीगिर्रिराजधरणप्रभुतेरीशरण ||
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Anakoot Pooja is celebrated with preparing 56 varieties of food, which are offered to Lord Krishna. Usually, an image of Govardhan Parvat is placed while performing the Govardhan Pooja.
Things required for Govardhan Pooja:
- Mud or Cow dung
- 2 sugarcane sticks
- Curd, unboiled milk, batasha, laddoo, and peda
- Clay Deepak and Matchsticks
- One silver coin
How to Perform the Govardhan Pooja
These are some basic steps to perform the Govardhan Pooja:
- Start the Pooja by offering two sugarcane sticks to the picture of Govardhan.
- Then offer curd, unboiled milk, batasha, laddoo, and peda.
- Light a Deepak and offer roli and rice.
- Pray to Govardhan after the Pooja.
- Leave some of the Batasha in the thali and give it to someone along with some money.
- Reading Lakshmi Katha is the next step for performing the Govardhan pooja.
- The worshipper who reads the Lakshmi Katha must be presented as a silver coin as a gift.
- After the Pooja, put the kajal from the kajlota of Deepavali puja.
- It is believed that the women of the family must eat first, and they should begin eating their meals by eating sweets first.
2019 Govardhan Puja falls in the month of October and it will be celebrated with utmost joy and eagerness. Annakut Puja Date and Time are the most important things for determining the correct muhurat for knowing about the appropriate time to perform the Pooja to the Govardhan Parvat.
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