Kolkata: Diwali is a five-day festival and each day holds a special significance. The fourth day of the mega-festival, Govardhan Puja is marked.Govardhan puja or Annakut Puja is done on the next day of Badi Dewali and it is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated God Indra.
In several households, they too perform Annakoot puja which includes making Chappan Bhog featuring 56 varieties of delicious dishes that are all offered to God.
Govardhan Puja Vidhi 2017
The main aspect of the Govardhan puja is installing the Govardhan hill. Devotees make Goverdhan hill either with cow dung or mud. People also use some crafty fixtures and artwork to simulate the eyes, lips and face of Lord Krishna on the Govardhan image. Devotees also fix a peacock feather on it to highlight it.
According to religious texts, Govardhan Puja celebrations are suggested during Pratipada Tithi of Kartik month. Depending on starting time of Pratipada, Govardhan Puja day might fall one day before on Amavasya day on Hindu calendar.
Govardhan Puja Muhurat 2017
Pratipada Tithi Begins at 12:41 am on October 20, 2017
Pratipada Tithi Ends at 1:37 am on October 21, 2017
Govardhan Puja Pratahkal Muhurat — 6:28 am to 8:43 am Duration: 2 hours 14 mins
Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat — 3:27 pm to 5:42 pmDuration: 2 hours 14 mins