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The Importance of Gaumata in Our Dharmic ceremony and Sanskars

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The Importance of Gaumata in Our Dharmic ceremony and Sanskars

Mother cow is considered a symbol of motherly love and power of love. Cow is a symbol of dignity, strength, endurance, motherhood and selfless service. Cow has also been described as a great creature in the Vedas. This is the reason why humans as well as science worship cows.

In Indian mythology, the cow is known as ‘Kamadhenu’, which means the fulfiller of all desires. This name of cow matches well in terms of its relationship with humans. Cow is beneficial for humans in many ways. Even in Hindu religion, the native cow i.e. mother cow has special importance in many rituals, ceremony or rite in human life, from birth to death.

Conception Sanskar – This is such a sanskar by which we get a worthy, quality and ideal child. To get the desired child, the pregnancy ceremony is performed by considering mother cow as a witness, worshiping mother cow and praying to mother cow. It is through this sanskar that the lineage grows.

Punsavan Sanskar – This Sanskar is performed for the intellectual and mental development of the fetus when the child is in the mother's womb. So if the child's mother consumes cow's ghee, milk and curd Panchgantavya, the child's mental intelligence develops. The main benefits of this Sanskar are that it results in the birth of a healthy, beautiful and virtuous child.

Mundan Sanskar - When the child turns one-year-old or at the age of three or at the age of fifth or seventh, the child's hair is removed and a paste of cow dung is applied on the head of the child. Due to which hair grows quickly and prevents diseases occurring in the head. With this sanskar, the child's head becomes strong and intelligence becomes sharp. Also, the germs stuck in the baby's hair are destroyed, due to which the baby gets health benefits.

Vidya Aarambh Sanskar - From the beginning of this, the child is made to sit on the fireside covered with cow dung and fed Panch Gaudravya and proper education is given to the child through the cow service ritual. The child is introduced to the elementary level of education.

Karnavedha Sanskar – In this Sanskar, the ears are pierced by applying cow dung on the ear buds. There are two reasons for this, one, to wear jewellery. Second- Acupuncture is done by piercing the ear. This improves blood flow in the veins leading to the brain. This increases hearing power and prevents many diseases. And even after ear piercing, applying cow dung on the eardrum daily prevents the ear from ripening.

Vedarambh Sanskar – Under this the person is given the knowledge of Vedas. Cow service is the essence of all Vedas.

Keshant Sanskar - Keshant Sanskar means ending of hair. It is believed that after coming out of the womb, only the hair given by the parents remains on the child's head. Purification is necessary before getting education, so that the brain works in the right direction. In ancient times, after getting education from Gurukul, after performing Keshant Sanskar, a big Shikha is placed on the head and a paste of mud from the feet of cow mother is applied on the head.

Marriage sanskar – This is a means of religion. Marriage ritual is considered the most important ritual. Under this, both the bride and groom get married by living together and taking a pledge to follow the religion. In this ritual, before the marriage, during the Haldi ceremony, the Brahmin applies cow dung choka to the bride and groom and makes them sit on the bed and is washed with cow milk. After tying the knot, a cow is donated to the Brahmin in the form of Bhursi.

Antyeshti Sanskar - Antyeshti Sanskar means funeral rites. According to the scriptures, after the death of a person, the dead body is dedicated to the fire. During the funeral procession, the dead body is lifted and the place is smeared with cow dung. Even today, before the funeral procession, a cake made of cow dung is lit and taken from home. With this, the pyre is lit and cow's ghee is offered on the pyre in the crematorium.

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