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Govardhan Puja 2024: Date, Mahurat Timing, Importance & Celebrations

Published Date: 06-Oct-2023

Govardhan Puja signifies the day when Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Parvat to protect the people of Vrindavan from the heavy rainfall. The devotees worship Lord Krishna as being the saviour and symbolically offer food items to him. Goverdhan Puja is celebrated on the next day of Diwali and the day before Bhai Duj.

In this article, learn all about the Govardhan Puja 2024 date, muhurat timing, importance, why and how to celebrate, and rituals with a list of wishes.

Govardhan Puja 2024 Date and Timings

Here are the details for Govardhan Puja timings or Muhurat:

  • Govardhan Puja 2024 Date: 2 November 2024
  • Morning Puja Muhurat: 06:14 AM to 08:33 AM
  • Pratipada Muhurat: 06:16 PM on 1 November to 08:21 PM on 2 November
  • Holiday Type: Optional
  • Other Names: Annakut Puja and Annakoot Puja

Story of Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja Katha is the story of the battle between Lord Krishna and Lord Indra. Lord Krishna believed that people should worship Govardhan Hill instead of Indra as the mountain would provide all the resources they needed. Indra got angry with this decision by villagers and started heavy rainfall. Then, Lord Krishna saved the entire village from the torrential rain by lifting the Govardhan hill to provide shelter to the villagers. After seven days of heavy rainfall, Indra accepted his defeat.

People celebrate and worship the saviour Lord Krishna on the day of Govardhan Puja. According to the Hindu calendar, it falls in the month of Kartik (October-November). It is also observed as a festival for environment conservation. People use cow dung, flowers, and other environment-friendly things to celebrate Govardhan Puja.

Govardhan Puja Rituals and Celebrations

Govardhan Puja is celebrated across the country with joy. People make mountains with cow dung and decorate them with flowers. The mountain is worshipped during the Govardhan Puja Muhurat with all the rituals. It also signifies environment conservation as all the resources used in Goverdhan Puja are environment-friendly. People do Parikarma (moving around the mountain) of the Govardhan mountain made from cow dung and sing Govardhan Puja Aarti and devotional songs. During the Govardhan Puja, people offere sugarcane, curd, milk, sweets, and rice to the hill made of cow dung.

Annakoot Puja/Annakut Puja and Chhappan Bhog

Annakut or Annakoot means the mountain of food that is prepared on the day of Govardhan Puja. People worship the food and then distribute it among the devotees as Prasad. People offer Chhappan Bhog (56 different food delicacies) to the Govardhan mountain.

Places to Observe during Goverdhan Puja

Govardhan Puja meaning is to worship the Govardhan Hill and nature. People reach Mathura days before the festival for the preparations:

Govardhan Hill, Mathura

The Govardhan mountain is a sight to watch on the day of Govardhan Puja. People perform the Parikarma on the day of the festival with the Govardhan Puja Vidhi. The entire Parikrama is about 22 km which takes around 5-6 hours to complete. Govardhan Parikarma begins from Manasi-Ganga Kund and ends with the temple of Lord Harideva.

Importance of Govardhan Parikarma – People show gratitude towards nature and God by performing the Parikarma. The purpose behind the Govardhan Hill Puja is the conservation and protection of vulnerable and precious natural resources.

Govardhan Puja Wishes

People greet each other with Happy Govardhan Puja wishes. Some of the famous Govardhan Puja greetings are:

  • May Lord Krishna bless you with a long and healthy life. Happy Govardhan Puja to you and your family!
  • May this auspicious day of Govardhan Puja bring you health, wealth and success. Have a blessed Govardhan Puja!
  • Govardhan Puja is a festival dedicated to Lord Krishna. May he fulfil all your desires on this special occasion.
  • May this Govardhan Puja bring light to your life. A very happy Govardhan Puja to you and your family.
  • I pray that Lord Krishna always protects you from all evil. Happy Govardhan Puja!
  • May Lord Krishna bless you with a prosperous and peaceful life. Happy Govardhan Puja!

Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

Festivals in India Day Date Holiday Type
New Year’s Day Mon 01-Jan Restricted Holiday
Lohri Sat 13-Jan Restricted Holiday
Makar Sankranti Sun 14-Jan Restricted Holiday
Pongal Mon 15-Jan Restricted Holiday
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Wed 17-Jan Restricted Holiday
Republic Day Fri 26-Jan Gazetted Holiday
Losar Sat 10-Feb Restricted Holiday
Basant Panchmi Wed 14-Feb Restricted Holiday
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Sat 24-Feb Gazetted Holiday
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wed 6-Mar Restricted Holiday
Mahashivratri Fri 8-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Holi Mon 25-March Gazetted Holiday
Good Friday Fri 29-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Easter Day Sun 31-Mar Restricted Holiday
Gudi Padwa Tue 9-Apr Restricted Holiday
Eid-ul-Fitr Wed 10-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Vaisakhi (Vishu) Sat 13-Apr Restricted Holiday
Rama Navami Wed 17-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Mahavir Jayanti Sun 21-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Rabindra Jayanti Wed 8-May Restricted Holiday
Buddha Purnima (Vesak) Thu 23-May Gazetted Holiday
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) Mon 17-Jun Restricted Holiday
Rath Yatra Sun 7-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Muharram (Ashura) Wed 17-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Independence Day Thu 15-Aug Gazetted Holiday
Parsi New Year’s Day (Nauraz) Thu 15-Aug Public Holiday
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Mon 19-Aug Restricted Holiday
Janmashtami Mon 26-Aug Restricted Holiday
Ganesh Chaturthi Sat 7-Sep Restricted Holiday
Onam Sun 15-Sep Restricted Holiday
Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e- Milad Mon 16-Sep Gazetted Holiday
Gandhi Jayanti Wed 02-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dussehra Sat 12-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Valmiki Jayanti Thu 17-Oct Restricted Holiday
Karva Chauth Sun 20-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dhanteras Tue 29-Oct Restricted Holiday
Kali Puja Thu 31-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Halloween Day Thu 31-Oct No Holiday
Diwali Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Lakshmi Puja Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Karnataka Rajyotsava Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Kerala Piravi Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Govardhan Puja Sat 2-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Bhai Dooj Sun 3-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Chhath Puja Thu 7-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Guru Nanak Jayanti Fri 15-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Christmas Wed 25-Dec Public Holiday

FAQs on Govardhan Puja Festival

Q. What to eat on Govardhan Puja 2024?

A. Prasad is made to offer the Lord called Annakut and gets distributed among the devotees after the puja.

Q. How to do Govardhan Puja 2024 without cow dung?

A. To perform the Govardhan Puja without cow dung, you may use other natural materials like mud, flowers, leaves, etc.

Q. Can we eat non-veg on Govardhan Puja 2024?

A. The food during Govardhan Puja is strictly vegetarian.

Q. How long is Govardhan Parvat Parikrama?

A. It takes 5-6 hours to complete the Govardhan Parvat Parkarma.

Q. How many kilometres of Govardhan Parikrama?

A. The Govardhan Parikarma distance is around 22 kilometres.

Sargun Preet Kaur
Sargun has an appetite for challenges and creative hurdles that can help her grow as she conquers them one by one. With an innate desire to travel the world, she weaves through life by visiting her dream destinations. When not in her creative zone, Sargun loves to smash in badminton and binge-watch her favourite shows.
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