After Deepawali, Govardhan Puja is celebrated on Pratipada date of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. This year, Govardhan Puja is on Monday, 28 October. Cow and Govardhan are worshiped. Mathura, Gokul and Vrindavan, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, is celebrated with great pomp.
Auspicious time for Govardhan Puja
Pratipada date: October 28 from 09:00 to 8 minutes.
Completion of Pratipada date: 06 October to 13 minutes on 29 October.
Evening Worship: From 03:26 in the afternoon on 28 October to 05.40 in the evening.
Method of Govardhan Puja
Govardhan of cow dung should be made in the door of the house on the Pratipada date of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. According to the Shastras, Govardhan's pinnacle made of cow dung is used, combined with tree-branches and embellished with flowers.
In many places, Govardhan is made of human shape and is decorated with flowers, etc. Worship him with myrrh, flowers etc. Pray the chant below.
Mantra - गोवर्धन धराधार गोकुलत्राणकारक।
विष्णुबाहु कृतोच्छ्राय गवां कोटिप्रदो भव।।
worship the Bhushani cows as per the law
Mantra - 'लक्ष्मीर्या लोकपालानां धेनुरूपेण संस्थिता।
घृतं वहति यज्ञार्थे मम पापं व्यपोहतु।।'
Pray to Mantra and get Govardhan worshiped from the cow at night.
Story of worship
Lord Krishna kept the Govardhan mountain on his finger for 7 days to protect people from torrential rains. Lord Indra got angry on seeing this incident, and he made the rain more intense. All the Brajwasis were safe under that Govardhan. Lord Sri Krishna placed the mountain below his finger on the seventh day and celebrated Annakoot with Govardhan Puja. And since then Govardhan is worshiped on the next day of Diwali on the Shukla Paksha of Kartik month, and Annukut is celebrated.