Gopashtami 2023 Date

Gopashtami 2023 Date - Sri Krishna and Cow Worship Day

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Gopashtami falls on Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi in the holy month of Kartik. Gopashtami is believed to be the day when Nanda Maharaja sent his children Krishna and Balarama to herd the cows for the first time. Gopashtami festival is celebrated mainly in North India and more famous in Mathura, Barsana, Vrindavan and other Braj areas in various Gau Shalas and other holy places like Shri Krishna Temple - Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara, ISKCON temples all over India.

Lord Krishna lifted Gowardhan Parbat on His Knishtha finger (smaller finger) to save Braj people from fury of Indra God on Gowardhan Puja day. After seven days of continous flooding of Braj region God Indra accepted his defeat on Gopashtami. 

Sri Krishna advised Braj people to stop yearly offering made to Indra God. This made God Indra angry and he decided to flood Braj region. God Indra was failed as Braj people and their livestock were protected under the big and vast cover of Gowardhan Parvat.

Cows and their calf are decorated and worshipped on the day of Gopashtami which is similar to Govatsa Dwadashi in Maharashtra.

गोपाष्टमी कब मनाई जाती है

गोपाष्टमी का महत्व/Importance of Gopashtami

Gowshalas on this day are decorated with beautiful colours of rangoli and flowers. Gopalaks or people who look after Cows clean them or make them bath. People visit the gosala, bathe and clean the cows and decorated with cloth and jewellery. On the Gopashtami day, Sri Krishna puja and cow puja is performed along with pradakshina to get blessing for a happy and prosperous life.

Cows along with calves are worshipped with first smearing their forehead with roli tilak and then jaggery, sweets, panchamrit, rice and water offered to cows. Fresh green grass is also given to the cows and Gau mata aarti parikrama is then done. We at wishes everyone Happy Gopashtami 2022. गोपाष्टमी की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं |

Gopashtami Puja Timings

Gopashtami 2023 Date - Monday, November 20, 2023

Ashtami Tithi Begins - 05:21 AM on Nov 20, 2023
Ashtami Tithi Ends - 03:16 AM on Nov 21, 2023

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