Govardhan Puja 2023: What It Is, Its Significance, Mahurat, Legend Behind It And More

by Mallika Khurana
Govardhan Puja 2023: What It Is, Its Significance, Mahurat, Legend Behind It And More

Hindu festivals are woven together with mythology, devotion, and gratitude, and Govardhan Puja is one such vibrant thread. Celebrated on the fourth day of Diwali, this auspicious occasion marks the legendary feat of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill to shield the residents of Vrindavan. As the world pauses to witness the unfolding of this divine narrative, the festival becomes a symphony of rituals, prayers, and a colourful array of offerings. Here’s all you need to know about the story behind the festival, Shubh Mahurat for 2023, and more.

Govardhan Puja Date And Muhurat For 2023

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In addition to being a celebration of nature’s abundance and a call to humility and appreciation for the close bond between humans and the Earth, Govardhan Puja is more than just a mythological tableau. Everyone is welcome to take part in this festival’s joyful communion of festivity, faith, and the Annakut, a feast found in the mountains.

Govardhan Puja will be celebrated on November 14th 2023. November 13 at 02:56 pm marks the start of the Pratipada Tithi, which concludes at 02:36 pm on November 14. On November 14, the Govardhan Puja Pratahkala Muhurat will take place from 05:54 am to 08:09 am.

The Story Behind Govardhan Puja

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Govardhan Puja is a Hindu festival that is celebrated on the fourth day of Diwali, which is also known as Annakut Puja. The festival is primarily associated with the legend of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill to protect the residents of Vrindavan from the wrath of Lord Indra.

According to the legend, the people of Vrindavan used to worship Lord Indra, the god of rain, by offering elaborate prayers and sacrifices. But since Govardhan Hill gave them access to an abundance of natural resources, Lord Krishna counselled them to worship the hill rather than Indra. Enraged by this, Lord Indra sent forth a violent storm that threatened the people of Vrindavan and brought heavy rains.

In response, Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill on his little finger. It created a massive shelter that protected the people and cattle from the storm. Lord Indra realised his error and asked Lord Krishna for forgiveness following seven days of nonstop rain.

The Celebrations And Significance Of The Festival

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The festival is celebrated by preparing a large variety of food items. They are arranged in the form of a mountain or hill, symbolising Govardhan Hill. This arrangement is known as “Annakut,” meaning a mountain of food. Devotees offer prayers, perform rituals, and express gratitude for the abundance of food and resources provided by the divine.

People visit temples to participate in special puja ceremonies dedicated to Lord Krishna and Govardhan Hill. The Annakut is offered to the deities, and later, the food is distributed among the devotees as prasad. The festival emphasises the importance of nature and the environment. It also encourages people to be grateful for the resources provided by the Earth.

With religious and cultural significance, Govardhan Puja imparts virtues like devotion, thankfulness, and humility.

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