Gopashtami or Gopastami day observed on Ashtami Tithi of the month of Kartik Shukla Paksha on every year according to the Hindu calendar. This year Gopashtami falls on 28, October 2017. It is a famous festival celebrated in northern cities in India especially in Mathura, Vrindavan, and other Braj areas. On the day of Gopashtami, cows and their calf are decorated and worshipped traditionally. The rituals of worshipping cows are similar to the Govatsa Dwadashi, celebrated in Maharashtra. Special pujas or saatsangs are organized in the temples on the auspicious day of Gopashtami. The Gopashtami is a significant day in the Hindu culture. Cows are considered to be the soul of Hindu culture and worshipped in India as Hindu god and scriptures. Hindu people believed that all the gods and goddess reside inside a cow, and thus, have a special importance in their culture. Cow is considered to be the owner of the divine qualities and consider as a mother in India.

Gopashtami Puja Vidhi

On the day of Gopashtami, the cows are worshipped in the cattle farms, and devotees bathe and clean the cows early in the morning. There is a tradition of decorating cows along with their calf with flowers. The cows are worshipped with roli, moli, jaggery, clothes, rice, flowers, and water followed by performing the aarti of Gaye Mata(cow). The soil beneath the cow’s feet is applied on the forehead. Cows are fed green peas, jaggery, and other food items. Many people donate food and other items in the cattle farm, while doing all this devotee think to gets a prosperous and a happy life.

Gopashtami Puja muhurat 

Puja Muhurat for cow:  2:44 Pm of 27, Oct 2017 to 4:51 PM of 28, Oct 2017

 

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