Padwa 2016 would be celebrated by the people on 31st of November, at Monday.
Padwa 2015 was celebrated by the people on 12th of November, at Thursday.
Padwa 2014 was celebrated by the people on 24th of October, at Friday.
Padwa – Bali Pratipada – Govardhan Puja
Padwa is celebrated on the 4th days of Diwali. It is also known as the New Year or Varsapratipada. This festival is celebrated every year very happily and energetically by the people.
History of Padwa/Bali Pratipada/Govardhan Puja
It is commemorated as a New Year day on the 1st day of the month of Chaitra in the Maharashtra. This festival indicates the start of spring season. This festival is the great symbol for newly married couple in the Varanasi for their great love and affection.
Govardhan Puja is also celebrated on this day at some places of India. There is a big history behind celebrating the Govardhan Puja by the people in India. It is considered that the Lord Krishna had lifted the mountain Govardhan on his little finger to save the life of thousands of people of Gokul from the Lord of Heaven called Indra. Indra was throwing thunder as well as heavy rain on the earth of Gokul hence, people of Gokul were very upset since they have no space in the Gokul to stand up. That’s why Lord Krishna had lifted the large mountain on his little finger to save their life. At that time, the mountain Govardhan had worked as a big umbrella for them.
Significance of Padwa/Bali Pratipada/Govardhan Puja
People of the Mathura commemorate this day as an Annakoot or Mountain of food in order to get free from their all problems. They worship deity for getting protection and successful life. They provide milk bath to the deities and then dress up them with the shiny clothes and ornaments. They perform traditional puja by chanting the special mantras, arti, prayers and Bhog with the delicious sweets. They raise the Bhog sweet as a Mountain of Food and distribute among them as a prasad of it.