Gopashtami is observed on Kartik Shukla Ashtami day. In 2021, 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, 11 November 2021
Suryodayam(Sunrise) : 06:21 AM
Suryastama(Sunset) : 05:27 PM
Chandrodayam(Moonrise) : 12:46 PM
Chandrastama(Moonset) : 11:59 PM
Tithi : Saptami upto 06:49 AM Ashtami upto 05:51 AM, Nov 12 Navami
Nakshatra : Shravana upto 02:59 PM Dhanishtha
Yoga : Ganda upto 06:43 AM Vriddhi upto 04:45 AM, Nov 12 Dhruva
Karana : Vanija upto 06:49 AM Vishti upto 06:15 PM Bava upto 05:51 AM, Nov 12 Balava
Weekday : Guruwara
Paksha : Shukla Paksha
Shaka Samvat : 1943 Plava
Chandramasa : Kartika – Purnimanta Kartika – Amanta
Vikram Samvat : 2078 Aananda
Gujarati Samvat : 2078 Pramadi
Abhijit : 11:32 AM to 12:16 PM
Amrit Kalam : 04:32 AM, Nov 12 to 06:08 AM, Nov 12
Time to avoid:
Rahu Kalam : 01:17 PM to 02:41 PM
Yamaganda : 06:21 AM to 07:44 AM
Gulikai Kalam : 09:08 AM to 10:31 AM
Dur Muhurtam : 10:03 AM to 10:48 AM 02:29 PM to 03:14 PM
Varjyam : 06:58 PM to 08:34 PM