Govardhan Puja 2015 Muhurat, Time, Vidhi: The Auspicious Month of Karthik (beginning of new moon in lunar Hindu calendar) observes, the celebration of pious festivals such as Dhanteras, Govardhan pooja, Bhaiya dooj along with Diwali (the collaboration of events from treta yuga of lord Rama and Dwapara yuga of lord Krishna).
The very next day to Diwali is celebrated as “Goverdhan Pooja also known as Annakutta pooja) According to sagas witnesses worshipping of the Supreme controller of nature. People in Vrindavan used to worship Indra the god of rain, to impress him for providing rain essential for the harvest. As, a result one day India become haughty of his powers and position started considering himself foremost of heavens.
Govardhan Puja 2015 Muhurat, Time, Vidhi
Lord Krishna not convinced with the same postulated to his people that they should be worshipping the anna kut/ Govardhan mountain instead, as it holds the soil which is fertile to provide the grass upon which cows and bulls are grazed, which gives them the strength to plough the land. hence, in turn the land which provides the food, the cows which provide them with milk should be worshipped.
This startles the god of rain and unnerved Indra, who punishes the villagers to show them his power, with frantic rain and thunderstorms, flooding the village, so much so that people had to run out of their homes to seek a safer shelter.
Detecting this, calm and composed Lord Krishna, the supreme most avatar of lord Vishnu, at the times when people were blaming him for upsetting lord Indra, goes to the Goverdhan Parvata, pray’s it to provide them shelter from displeased Indra, lifts up the same with his left hand’s little finger like a giant umbrella. the mountain was capacious enough to provide shelter to all the people and animals of the village of Vrindavan. seeing this Indra’s acrimony marked up the torrential rains.
After seven days of the continuous disaster and Lord Shree Krishna’s powers over him, he realizes the hollowness of the pride in himself, he his hands he comes down from the heaven bestows and succumbs to lord Krishna, offering prayers and asking for forgiveness. demonstrating his powers as the supreme personality of godheads. telling him that he has realized, that nature is a balance of all the powers and each element is to be equally respected.
Even since then, the festival is celebrated with a lot of respect to nature, especially in the north Indian states: Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
Govardhan Puja Vidhi
Govardhan Puja commenced with cleaning up of the area near the entrance of the house, sprinkling of the holy Ganga water, making up of the Hilltop with fresh cow dung, symbolizing the Govardhan parvath itself.then the same after it is dried up is decorated fresh Flowers, Decorated as if you are decorating lord Krishna. Use mukut, bansuri, flower, tilak etc to form and image of Lord Krishna. then offerings of various food items are made hilltop, Offering 2 sticks of sugarcane, curd, unboiled milk and sweets. Light the lamp and offer roti, chawal. then a ‘Parikrama “moving around”‘ the cow dung hilltop is done to the lord Goverdhan, just the way devotees do when they visit Vrindavan. also worshipping and feeding of the cows and bulls dear to lord Krishna takes place and the prayer is concluded with performing of Giriraj goverdhan aarti.
READ: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo review.
The same festival is celebrated as Diwali Padwa or Bali Pratipada, celebrated in honor of King Bali who was send to Patala lok by lord Vishnu was later given the blessings by Lord Vishnu after looking at his generosity, to visit Bhulok (the earth ) for three days and blesses his devotees.
Oman, festival in south India, witnesses the same Bali pooja as the concept it holds in north India. In comparison to Govardhan pooja, here hilltops of food are made and not that of cow dung.
Timings for pooja: 3:17 to 5: 25 P.M