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When is Govardhan Puja / Annakoot
In the year 2016 Govardhan Pooja / Annakoot festival is on Monday, 31.10.2016 , Kartik Shukla Pratipada Samwat 2073.
Govardhan Pooja is celebrated on kartik shukla pratipada. On this day Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Parvat on His little finger and saved the people of Braj from the heavy rain fall caused by Indra.
In the memory of this event in the morning people make mounds of cow dung(it is the symbol of Govardhan Parvat ), they decorate them with flowers and worship them.
Annakoot is a part of Govardhan Pooja festival. People make different kinds of Bhog ( dishes ) to offer to Lord Krishna and then they distribute this Bhog as Prasad.
New year -
In some parts of India , the kartik Shukla Pratipada is considered to be the new year day. This day is also known as the Swayam Siddh Muhurat ( the self proven muhurat ). So on this day any new work can be started if the proper muhurat is not available.