Govardhan Puja, also known as Annakoot Puja, is a significant Hindu festival that follows Diwali and precedes Bhai Dooj. It is a time when devotees express their devotion to Lord Krishna and Govardhan Parvat. In this article, we will delve into the date, timings, and essential details of Govardhan Puja 2023.
Date of Govardhan Puja 2023:
The Govardhan Puja is observed on the Pratipada tithi of Kartik month, which usually falls on the day following Diwali Puja. In 2023, Drik Panchang indicates that Govardhan Puja will be celebrated on November 14.
Shubh Muhurat and Timings:
The auspicious timing for Govardhan Puja festivities in 2023 begins at 6:43 am and concludes at 8:52 am on November 14. This 2-hour and 9-minute window is ideal for performing the rituals. The Pratipada tithi commences at 2:56 pm on November 13 and ends at 2:36 pm on November 14.
Puja Vidhi, Bhog, and Puja Samagri:
To conduct Govardhan Puja, devotees are recommended to create a representation of Govardhan Parvat in their courtyards using cow dung. The worship includes lighting a lamp and offering various items to Lord Govardhan as a token of devotion. These offerings typically include rice, kheer, batashe (sugar candy), water, milk, paan (betel leaves), Kesar (saffron), and fresh flowers.
A significant aspect of the celebration is the preparation of 56 or 108 types of food items, including sweets for the deity. These offerings also include incense sticks, garlands made with fresh flowers, roli (vermilion), rice, and cow dung. The Chappan Bhog, consisting of 56 food items, is a highlight of the celebration. Additionally, Panchamrit, a mixture of honey, curd, and sugar, is part of the ritual.3
Essential Puja Samagri:
The items essential for Govardhan Puja consist of wheat, rice, Panchamrit, Annakutta sabzi (a curry made with various vegetables), and a curry made from gram flour and leafy vegetables. These offerings are dedicated to Lord Krishna, and the Panchamrit is distributed to devotees after being presented to the deity.