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Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja 2022, also commonly known as Annakut Puja or Annakoot Puja, is a festival of Hindus that is generally celebrated on the day after Diwali. Govardhan Hill is worshiped on Govardhan Puja, and there is also a ritual of offering a variety of food to the Lord Krishna on this day. It is believed that once when Indra Dev got angry with the people of Braj for not worshiping him and started pouring heavy rain; Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill to provide the villager’s shelter. Therefore, the festival of Govardhan Puja is celebrated to offer gratitude to Govardhan Hill and Lord Krishna for saving the devotees. Complete details about Govardhan Puja 2022 such as date, timing, story, rituals, celebrations etc. can be found in this article.

Date of Govardhan Puja 2022

Govardhan Puja is celebrated after the Lakshmi Puja and is the fourth day of a 5-day longFestival of Diwali. According to the Hindu calendar, Govardhan Puja is observed on the first day of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. For the coming year of 2022, the date of Govardhan Puja will be Wednesday, October 26. Pratipada tithi will begin at 16:15 on October 25, 2022, and end at 14:45 on October 26, 2022. Therefore, the best timing or muhurat for performing Govardhan Puja will be from 06:10 AM to 08:33 AM on October 26, 2022. Please note that sometimes, there is a gap of one day between Diwali and Govardhan Puja when seen in a Gregorian calendar (solar) as the day for both festivals are decided as per the Hindu lunar calendar.

The story behind Govardhan Puja 2022

The festival of Govardhan Puja 2022 commemorates the incident when Lord Krishna protected his village people from the wrath of Indra and signifies that in the same way, He will defend his devotees who come to seek shelter in him. The story behind the celebration of Govardhan Puja, as mentioned in Bhagavata Purana, goes on as follows.

According to the story, one day, a young Krishna saw people preparing for an offering made to Indra every year. His father described how Indra poured rain; everyone in the village was thankful for that and offered him gifts in return. Krishna disagreed as he said to his father Mat Indra is a Dev, and he must shower rain upon people. In contrast, Govardhan Hill provides many resources like food and air without asking for anything in return. So, isn’t it the Govardhan Hill that should be shown gratitude for offering the resources instead of Indra. The people of his village also agreed with Krishna, which made Indra furious. He started pouring heavy rain on the people of Braj, and the panicked people started running here and there. Watching this, Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill with his little finger, and all villagers found refuge under it. When Indra got tired of pouring rain for continuous seven days, he accepted his defeat and established Lord Krishna as the Supremacy.

Govardhan Puja 2022 Rituals & Celebrations

Govardhan Hill and Lord Krishna are worshiped on the day of Govardhan Puja. People get up early in the morning, take a bath, and get dressed in clean clothes. They decorate their homes with lamps and flowers and create beautiful rangoli designs on this day. Devotees make an idol of Lord Krishna and Govardhan Hill from cow dung and then offer food and prayers to symbolize their gratitude. Various food dishes are prepared, and a hill of food is made resembling the Govardhan Hill that is presented as an offering to God. Usually, devotees prepare fifty-six different types of food items, called chhappan bhog, to give an offering to Lord Krishna. Apart from homes, the festival is celebrated in temples, and hymns and prayers are recited all day. A plethora of food items are prepared and offered to Lord Krishna, then distributed among the devotees in the form of Prasad. There is also a famous tradition related to Govardhan Puja in which devotees from all over the country and the world visit and circumnavigate the Govardhan Hill in Vrindavan. Temples in Mathura and Nathdwara offer a milk bath to the idols of Lord Krishna and dress them in new clothes and beautiful ornaments and then offer Him prayers and seek His blessings. Some people celebrate this day as Vishvakarma Puja and show gratitude for their tools and machinery.

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