Govardhan Puja 2020: Usually Govardhan Puja falls the next day of Diwali. Govardhan Puja is the fourth day of the 5-day grand festival that commences with Govatsa Dwadashi puja. According to the Hindu calendar, Govardhan puja is performed on the Pratipada Tithi, Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon) of Kartik month. Depending on the starting time of Pratipada, Govardhan Puja day might fall one day before Amavasya day.
Gowardhan Puja is also known as Annakut Puja. In Maharashtra, it is celebrated as Bali Pratipada or Bali Padva.
Govardhan Puja 2020: Date and tithi
This year Govardhan Puja will be celebrated on Sunday, November 15, 2020. According to drikpanchang, Govardhan Puja Pratahkala muhurat is from 06:58 am to 09:05 am. (Duration: 02 hours 07 mins)
Govardhan Puja Sayankala muhurat is from 03:27 pm to 05:34 pm. (Duration: 02 hours 07 mins). Pratipada tithi begins at 11:06 on Nov 14, 2020 and ends at 09:36 on Nov 15, 2020.
Govardhan Puja 2020: Significance
On this day, devotees worship Govardhan Parvat, cow, and Lord Shri Krishna. Govardhan Puja is a festival of thanksgiving to Lord Krishna and to express gratitude and respect towards nature. It is said that devotees who worship the Govardhan hill and Lord Krishna’s favourite Cows on this day get the blessings of Lord Krishna.
As per Hindu scriptures, on this day Lord Krishna lifted Mount Govardhan on his little finger to save the people of Vrindavan from the wrath of Lord Indra, the God of Rain. Hence, from then onwards, people began worshipping Mount Govardhan with devotion, and Lord Krishna was also given the name of ‘Govardhandhari’ or ‘Girirdhari’.