Gopashtami 2022: The Story Behind Gopashtami, Rituals And Significance

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Gopashtami 2022: The Story Behind Gopashtami, Rituals And Significance

The festival of Gopashtami is celebrated on the eighth day in the Hindu month of Kartik, during the period of Shukla Paksha. According to the Gregorian calendar, it falls in October and November. This festival is associated with Godhan.

The festival is dedicated to worshipping and offering prayers to the cows. It is a well-known fact that members of the Hindu community believe cows to be the reincarnation of God. And so, on this day, people pray to cows and show gratitude and respect to these animals, who are regarded as life-givers.

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Gopashtami 2022 Date And Time

Gopashtami 🐄 2022 will be celebrated on 1st November 2022 (Tuesday).

  • Ashtami Tithi Begins - 01:11 AM on 1st November 2022 

  • Ashtami Tithi Ends - 11:04 PM on 1st November 2022

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Gopashtami Significance 

In the Hindu culture, cows are referred to as 'Gau Mata' and are worshipped like a Goddess. For Hindus, cows are regarded as the soul of their religion. They believe that cows are pure and sacred beings who are to be revered like deities. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that several divine deities reside inside a cow, which is why they occupy such an exceptional place in the heart of Hindus.

This sacred animal is believed to be the keeper of spiritual and divine qualities and is even considered a manifestation of Goddess Earth. Therefore, it is commonly believed that those who worship Gau Mata on the eve of Gopashtami will be blessed with a happy, harmonious, prosperous, and fortunate life.

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The Story Behind Gopashtami

While there are several stories associated with the celebration of Gopashtami, the most famous legend is linked to Lord Krishna. According to the legend, on the specific day of Gopashtami, Nanda Maharaja sent his sons, Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram, to herd the cows for the first time since they had both entered into the Pauganda age, i.e. ages between 6 to 10 years. Therefore, from this day onwards, they would both be in charge of herding the cows.

According to another legend, it is believed that Lord Krishna suggested the people of Braj stop their annual offerings that were made to Lord Indra. This angered Lord Indra, and because of his ego, he wanted to show his might and power to all the people in Vrindavan. He decided to flood the region of Brij so that the people bowed before him. This resulted in seven days of prolonged torrential and unrelenting rain in the village.

When Lord Krishna realised that the people were in danger, he lifted the Govardhan Parvat on his little finger to save and shelter all the beings from Lord Indra's wrath. On the eighth day, when Lord Indra realised his mistake and accepted his defeat, he stopped the rain and sought forgiveness from Lord Krishna. The cow, Surbhi, showered milk on both Lord Indra and Lord Krishna. She then declared Lord Krishna as Govinda, i.e. the Lord of Cows. This is how the eighth day, called Ashtami, came to be celebrated as Gopashtami.

Gopashtami: Celebrations And Rituals 

  • On Gopashtami, devotees wake up early in the morning to clean the cows and bathe them. The horns of the cows are also painted brightly with colours. The cows are decorated with clothes and jewellery. The cows are also fed special fodder for their good health.
  • As part of the rituals, it is customary to offer prayers and worship the calves and cows on this day. 
  • The cows who symbolise Gau Mata are worshipped with water, rice, clothes, fragrance, jaggery, rangoli, flowers, roli, sweets, and incense sticks. Aarti is also performed on this day. In many regions and temples, specific pujas are also performed for Gopashtami by the pandits. 

The ritual of worshipping cows and calves is similar to Govatsa Dwadashi in the state of Maharashtra. The cows are worshipped to seek blessings for a happy, harmonious, and prosperous life. If there are no cows in the house, devotees should go to a cowshed and serve the cows.

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