Gopashtami is observed on Kartik Shukla Ashtami day. In 2022, Gopashtami date is November 1. 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, 1 November 2022
Suryodayam (Sunrise) : 06:15 AM
Suryastama (Sunset) : 05:32 PM
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) : 01:03 PM
Chandrastama (Moonset) : 12:08 AM, Nov 02
Tithi : Ashtami upto 11:04 PMNavami
Nakshatra : Shravana upto 02:53 AM, Nov 02Dhanishtha
Karana : Vishti upto 12:06 PMBava upto 11:04 PMBalava
Yoga : Shula upto 01:15 PMGanda
Weekday : Mangalawara
Paksha : Shukla Paksha
Shaka Samvatsaram : 1944 Shubhakrutha
Chandramasa : Kartika – Purnimanta; Kartika – Amanta
Vikram Samvat : 2079 Rakshasa
Gujarati Samvat : 2079 Aananda
Abhijit Muhurat : 11:31 AM to 12:16 PM
Amrita Kalam : 05:05 PM to 06:35 PM
Time to avoid:
Rahu Kalam : 02:43 PM to 04:07 PM
Yamaganda : 09:04 AM to 10:29 AM
Gulikai Kalam : 11:54 AM to 01:18 PM
Dur Muhurtam : 08:31 AM to 09:16 AM 10:38 PM to 11:28 PM
Varjyam : 08:02 AM to 09:32 AM