Gopashtami is observed on Kartik Shukla Ashtami day. In 2020, Gopashtami date is November 22. It is also known as Goshtashtami vrata.
On this day, Nanda Maharaj sent his kids Krishna and Balarama to herd the cows for the first time. Thus, on Gopaashtami day Krishna and his elder brother Balaram became qualified cowherds.
On Gopashtami day, Go Puja is performed. Cows are given bath on this day and decorated with colourful clothes and shawls and adorned with necklaces. Cows are offered special food offerings on Gopaashtami.
Gopashtami is celebrated with much gusto and enthusiasm in Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir in Mathura, Banke Bihariji Temple in Vrindavan, Guruvayurappan Temple in Guruvayur, Dwarkadish Temple in Dwarka, Shreenathji Temple in Nathdwara and all ISKCON Temples.
It is to note that some South Indian panchangs and calendars have referred this day as Goshtashtami.
Panchang, 22 November 2020
प्रमादीचा नाम संवत्सर, कार्तीक मॉस, शुक्ल पक्ष, अष्टमी तिथि, धनिष्ठा नक्षत्र, व्याघात योग, बालव करण |
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:49 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:36
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)13:09 Chandrastama (Moonset)24:40
Paksha (Fortnight) Shukla Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ashtami – 22:50
Nakshatra Dhanishtha – 11:09
Yoga Vyaghata – 29:52*
Karana Bava – 22:50
Purnimanta Month Kaartika
Amavasyanta Month Kaartika
Shaka Samvatsara: Sharvari
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Pramadicha
Rahu Kalam: 16:15 – 17:36
Gulika Kalam: 14:54 – 16:15
Yama Gandam: 12:13 – 13:34
North Indian Hindi Calendar – Kartik Mahina 2077 (Kartik Maas)
Malayalam Calendar – Vrischikam Month 1196 (Vrischikam Masam)
Kannada Calendar – Karthika Maasa
Tamil Calendar – Karthikai Month (Karthigai Masam)
Bengali Calendar – Agrahan Mash 1427
Nepali Calendar – Mangshir Maas 2077
Telugu Calendar – Karthika Masam (Karthikam)
Marathi Calendar – Kartik Maas
Gujarati Calendar – Kartik Maas
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Vrischika
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Kumbha
Amrita Kalam 29:18* – 31:02*
Abhijit: 11:51 – 12:34
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 18:56 – 20:39
Durmuhurthams: 16:10 – 16:53