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Govatsa Dwadashi : Why Diwali began with the worship of Gaumata

Govatsa Dwadashi : Why Diwali began with the worship of Gaumata

Uploaded on 23 Oct 2022
Govatsa Dwadashi : Why Diwali began with the worship of Gaumata

Diwali is celebrated for many reason, but only a small percentage of the people knows that the festival of lights Diwali actually began with the worship & service of Cow Mother.

The festival of Govtsa Dwadashi is considered to be a very auspicious time. According to religious belief, on this day Gaumata is worshiped with a calf. Every mother wants protection, happiness and progress for her children. Vatsa Dwadashi is the festival of such mothers. This festival dedicated to Gaumata is celebrated on the Dwadashi date of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadra. In some places it is also called Bach Baras.

On this day, along with worshiping a cow with a calf, a pledge for cow protection is also taken. Green fodder, sprouted moong, moth, gram and sweet bread and jaggery are fed to the cow with reverence. The circumambulation is done by worshiping the cow, touching the cow and apologizing. If cows and calves are not found near the house, then there is a law to worship them by making cows and calves of pure wet soil.

 There is also a custom that on this day women neither cook nor eat those cut with a knife. According to the Bhavishya Purana, after enjoying all the pleasures of this fast, in the end, the number of tears on the body of the cow, stays in Gauloka for as many years. The mythological belief behind the beginning of Bachh Baras is that after the birth of Lord Shri Krishna, Mother Yashoda had darshan and worshiped the cow mother on this day.

There is a religious belief behind the worship of cow that gods and goddesses and pilgrimages reside in the every part of of Gaumata. All the Vedas are also consecrated in the cow. Therefore, according to the scriptures, if you want to please all the deities and ancestors, then there is no ritual better than cow service. By giving food to the cow mother with devotion, she automatically reaches all the gods and goddesses.

Lakshmi ji is seated in cow dung, that is why the fire of Havan Kund is lit with cow dung cakes and the smoke of cow dung also purifies the surrounding environment. Its smoke increases the positive energy of the house. Ganga Maiya is believed to reside in cow urine. Therefore, drinking cow urine is recommended in Ayurveda for the treatment of many diseases.

Scientifically also, cow dung has been described as beneficial in skin diseases and cow urine in many diseases. Cow's milk and ghee are considered good food. By lighting a lamp of cow's ghee, the surrounding environment becomes germ free. That's why the cow is said in the scriptures - "Gayo Vishwasya Matarah" that means the cow is the mother of the world.

Along with the Navagrahas, there is a tradition of offering sacrifices made to the gods like Varuna, Vayu, etc. in the yagya with cow's ghee, which gives special energy to the rays of the sun which cause rain. The tradition of Gaudan for crossing the Vaitarni is still prevalent in our society. The shadow of a cow is also considered very auspicious. The journey becomes auspicious only by the sight of the cow. Service of cow gives peace of mind by providing happiness and prosperity in life.

Let's celebrate Diwali with Gauseva together with Shree Krishnayan Desi Gaurakshashala. In our cowshed, rituals of Bhandara, offering of Gaudan etc. Apart from this, donating as much as possible in the treatment of Gaumata can also get the blessings of Gaumata on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.

Shree Krishnayan DesiGauraksha Evam Gaulok Dham Sewa Samiti’ is one of the largest Gaurakshashala of Desi cows in India. We protect, feed & shelter ailing, starving, destitute and stray Desi Cows & Bulls, the majority of which are abandoned by their owners or saved from butchers. All of you are requested to join the noble cause of Gausewa by giving financial support as much as possible and help the cow mother to get her lost honor and rights.

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