Govardhan Puja is celebrated to pay respects to Lord Krishna, who saved the villagers from the wrath of Lord Indra. This occasion, which is also known as Annakut/Annakoot, people offer a food of mountain to the deity. This festival marks the defeat of Lord Krishna over Lord Indra. It falls on the next day of Diwali or Deepawali. Since Diwali falls on the Amavasya, the Govardhan Pooja falls on the next day of Amavasya i.e. the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartik or Kartik Masa, according to the Hindu calendar. The Amavasya is the new moon day of every month according to the Hindu calendar.
On this festival, devotees prepare large and lavish meals that are offered to Lord Krishna. The offering is done in the form of a food mountain, which is symbolic of Govardhan Hill. Over 56 varieties of food items are prepared for the deity as a ritual of remembrance and to renew their faith in taking refuge in God. The Annakut festival occurs on the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.
Govardhan Puja is also referred to as the Annakut Puja by the devotees.
Govardhan Puja Pratahkal Muhurat = 6:45 AM to 08:57 AM
Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat = 3:32 PM to 5:43 PM
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 9:31 PM on 7/Nov/2018
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 9:07 PM on 8/Nov/2018 (Source: Drikpanchang.com)
The same festival is celebrated as Diwali Padwa or Bali Pratipada, celebrated in honor of King Bali who was send to Patala look 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.
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