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Cows and Hinduism

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Cows and Hinduism

Cow and Hinduism

Cow has special importance in Indian culture. Cow is the basic foundation of Sanatan Dharma. 33 crore gods and goddesses reside in cows. There are no festivals in Hindu religion without cow. Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Mother Lakshmi, Ganga and Godavari also originated from cow. That is why it is called mother. Cow urine, cow dung, milk, curd, ghee etc. all provide coolness to our body and mind. Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas have described the divine qualities of mother cow.

There are religious beliefs in Hindu religion regarding cow. Cow is considered revered. Along with religious beliefs, if seen from the point of view of science, many such properties have been found in cow's milk and dung which help us in fighting many diseases, but the real religious meaning of the revered cow in Hindu religion is probably Only anyone knows correctly or has correct information. Today we will know what is the true meaning of cow in Hindu religion.

 

Why cow is mother of Hindu

In India, cow is called mother and she is worshipped. The first roti is fed to mother cow. Even religion has been depicted in the form of cow in Hindu Puranas. Lord Shri Krishna himself served the cow and his residence is also considered to be in Goloka. Kamadhenu is also the cow who fulfills every wish. In this way, there are many reasons behind why the cow is considered so important and revered. But have you ever wondered why the cow is called mother, why no other relationship was associated with the cow.

According to the scriptures, when Lord Brahma was creating the universe, he was the first to send a cow on earth. Also, cow's milk is the only thing that can be fed to a newborn child. Apart from this, among all the animals, cow is the only animal which pronounces the word mother, hence it is also believed that the word mother also originated from cow lineage.

 

Kamadhenu - The Sacred Wish Fulfilling Cow

According to Wikipedia, Kamadhenu, also known as Surabhi, is a divine bovine-goddess described in Hinduism as the mother of all cows. She is a miraculous cow of plenty who provides her owner whatever they desire and is often portrayed as the mother of other cattle. In iconography, she is generally depicted as a white cow with a female head and breasts, the wings of a bird, and the tail of a peafowl or as a white cow containing various deities within her body. Kamadhenu is not worshipped independently as a goddess. Rather, she is honored by the Hindu veneration of cows, who are regarded as her earthly embodiments.

According to Hindu scriptures, worshiping Mother Cow leads to desired results. Happiness and prosperity come to the house. There is always happiness and peace in the houses where cows live. Serving the cow is considered a noble work. Also, feeding the first roti to a cow every day brings immense happiness and prosperity, all the Gods and Goddesses bless.

The sages and sages versed in Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Shastras and Sanatan Dharma had understood the usefulness and importance of the cow thousands of years ago. Due to this, he was able to protect humans, mankind, humanity and nature by giving an integral place to mother cow in his life. Due to this importance, cow mother was established at the center of religious systems and social issues in all the sixteen rituals from the beginning till the end of human life and kept cow lineage and Panchgavya as the economic pillars. Agriculture, industry, employment, health and social harmony along with the balance of nature have been successful for ages.

 

Cow and Hindu fasts and vrat
Gopadvamvrata gives happiness, good fortune, wealth, son, grandson, etc. Whereas by fasting on Govatsadvadashi all the wishes are fulfilled. Whereas by worshiping Govardhan one attains salvation along with increase in all the happiness of this world. Apart from this, Gotri-ratri fast leads to the birth of a son, enjoyment of happiness and attainment of Goloka. Also, Gopashtami increases happiness and good fortune. Ultimately, couples who wish to have a son get a child through Payovrat.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Why cows are sacred in Hinduism?

  • According to Hindu scriptures, worshiping Mother Cow leads to desired results. Happiness and prosperity come to the house. There is always happiness and peace in the houses where cows live. Serving the cow is considered a noble work. Also, feeding the first roti to a cow every day brings immense happiness and prosperity, all the Gods and Goddesses bless.

What is the importance of cow in Vedas?

  • The sages and sages versed in Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Shastras and Sanatan Dharma had understood the usefulness and importance of the cow thousands of years ago. Due to this, he was able to protect humans, mankind, humanity and nature by giving an integral place to mother cow in his life. Due to this importance, cow mother was established at the center of religious systems and social issues in all the sixteen rituals from the beginning till the end of human life and kept cow lineage and Panchgavya as the economic pillars

What is the significance of cow dung in Hinduism?

  • Cow dung is believed to possess purifying properties that cleanse the environment and the soul. Using cow dung made prayer essentials is believed to purify the atmosphere, making it conducive to spiritual practices and fostering positive energy.
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