Gopashtami 2021 Date: November 11, 2021 (Thursday).
Gopashtami 2021 Tithi Begins: 06:49 AM on Nov 11, 2021.
Gopashtami 2021 Tithi Ends: 05:51 AM on Nov 12, 2021.
Gopashtami festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna and cows. The festival is celebrated on Ashtami Tithi during Kartik Shukla Paksha.
Cows are worshipped on the day. Devotees visit the gosala, bathe and clean the cows and the gosala. Cows are decorated with cloth and jewellery before special ritual by the devotees.
On this day, Sri Krishna puja and cow puja is performed along with pradakshina to acquire blessing for a good and happier life.
Devotees also pay special respect to cows for its utilities in daily life.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan hill on His smaller finger on Govardhan Puja day to save Braj people from fury of Indra. After seven days of unrelenting flooding of Braj region, God Indra accepted his defeat on Gopashtami.
The ritual of worshipping cows and calf is similar to Govatsa Dwadashi in Maharashtra.