Govardhan Puja 2022: All you need to know

New Delhi: Govardhan Puja is an auspicious festival in the Hindu culture that occurs a day after Diwali to commemorate the Baal Roop (child form) of Lord Shri Krishna. Govardhan Puja is also known as Annakut or Annakoot (meaning a “mountain of food”), in which devotees’ worship Govardhan Parvat (a hill) and offer 56 varieties (Chappan Bhog) of vegetarian food and sweets as a mark of gratitude.

Govardhan Puja is celebrated the next day after Diwali Puja but this year Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) is falling on the next day of Diwali Celebration that is why Govardhan Puja is being celebrated today, on October 26, 2022.

Here are the mahurat timings for conducting a puja.

Pratipada Tithi Begins at 22:48 on October 25, 2022

Pratipada Tithi Ends at 21.12 on October 26, 2022

Govardhan Puja Pratahkal Muhurat — 5.34 am to 8:06 am on October 26, 2022

Duration: 2 hours 14 mins

Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat —15.41 to 18.13 on October 26, 2022

Duration: 2 hours 32 mins

Significance

According to the legend, Lord Indra got angry when Shri Krishna asked the people of Braj to worship the Govardhan mountain and cows. In anger, he caused such rain that the lives of the people of Braj were in danger. Then Shri Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain with his little finger to protect the people of Braj and Brajwasis and animals took shelter under this mountain for 7 days. That is why in Govardhan Puja, people worship this mountain by making the shape of this mountain with cow dung and it is circumambulated seven times.

Puja Vidhi

People prepare 56 or 108 kinds of meals cooked with wheat, rice, and gram flour on Govardhan Puja. The Vegetarian delicacies are then offered to Lord Krishna. To mark the festival, a hillock is created from cow dung which is referred to as Govardhan and is decorated with flowers. The devotees walk all the way around the hillock to pray to Lord Govardhan for their well-being and to safeguard their families.

Why parikrama is necessary for Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Parvat is also known as Giriraj Parvat. Govardhan Parvat is situated in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, It’s a 62 feet high mountain. The circumambulation of Giriraj mountain is 21 km, it takes 7-8 hours to circumambulate it. It is believed that those who are unable to visit the Char Dham, must do a circumambulation of this mountain once.

Rules of Govardhan Puja

*Do not do Govardhan Puja alone. Govardhan Puja should be performed only with your family, neighbor, or relative.
*On the courtyard or terrace of the house, worship should be done by making the shape of Govardhan mountain with cow dung.
*Govardhan mountain made of cow dung should be circumambulated seven times.
*Parikrama should not be left incomplete in the middle.
*During the circumambulation, milk should be offered to the mountain.

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