The festival
of Govardhan Puja is celebrated on the day of Kartik Shukla Pratipada, just a
day after Diwali. This year, the festival is observed on November 5. On this
day, worship of Govardhan mountain (Giriraj ji) and Lord Krishna acquires
special significance.  Annakoot Mahotsav is celebrated with great
enthusiasm on this day in the entire Brij area, including Govardhan, Vrindavan
and Mathura. 

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Annakoot Festival in temples runs from Kartik Pratipada to
Kartik Poornima. On this day 56 or 108 types of dishes are prepared and offered
to Lord Krishna. This dishes is called ‘Annakoot’.

Puja: Significance

According to
Hindu mythology, Govardhan Puja was first done by Lord Krishna and by lifting
the mountain on his finger, he protected men, women and animals of Braj
from Lord Indra’s anger.  Annakoot is of special importance on this
day.  It is a dish made of grains and vegetables.  People express
their gratitude to nature by worshiping Govardhan.

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Puja: Auspicious time

      Kartik month Shukla Paksha Pratipada date starts at 02:44
am and ends at 11.14 pm

      Govardhan Puja early morning muhurta – from 6:35 am to
8:47 am. Duration- 2 hours 11 minutes

      Govardhan Puja evening muhurta – 3:21 pm to 5:33 pm.
Duration – 2 hours 11 minutes

Puja Vidhi

To perform
Govardhan Puja, first make the shape of Govardhan with cow dung in the
courtyard of your house. After this, worship Lord Govardhan by offering roti,
rice, kheer, batase, water, milk, paan, saffron, flowers and deepak. After
this, perform seven rounds of Shri Krishna puja along with your family. 

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It is believed that on this day, by worshiping Lord Govardhan with a sincere
heart and by feeding jaggery and rice to cows, the grace of Lord Krishna is
obtained.  Worshiping a cow on this day removes all sin.