Go:puja & Go:da:nam (cows)

Go:puja:s and Go:da:nas

Go:puja is a ritual of worshipping  Go:ma:tha (cow) along with her calf.  Go:puja  fulfills the  wishes and removes hardships of the devotee who performs it. Suggested donation for Go:puja is Rs. 516

Go:da:nam means donating a cow (Go:ma:tha) along with her calf. Go:da:nam  liberates the donor and his forefathers from the sins committed knowingly or unknowingly in their lives.  Go:da:nam is performed when a child is born in the family, during marriage, when a person passes away or in any other auspicious occasion. It bestows heavenly comforts on the donor. Departed souls will be relieved from the hells and from a treacherous river “Vaitharini” by doing Go:da:nam. The devathas in the cow will take care of the soul. It is equal to the benefits obtained by performing Ra:jasu:ya Ya:ga and donating unlimited amount of gold. Suggested donation for Go:da:nam is Rs. 50,000 

 Devotees are advised to give us prior notice about go:pu:ja or go:da:nam they wish to perform so that we can make arrangements for the same.

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Pu:jas on Special Occasions 

Krishna:shtami/Janma:shtami is the birthday of Lord Sri Krushna whose favorite childhood pastime during his incarnation in dwa:pariyuga was playing with cows, feeding them in the pastures/forests as a cowherder, taking care of them, and playing music on His flute to entertain them. So, special pu:jas are offered every year on Janma:shtami day to Lord Sri Krushna and all the cows in the Go:sa:la.

 Makara Sankranthi is a cultural festival celebrated for 4 days to commemorate the harvest season in January as well as to mark the Sun god ending his southward journey called Dakshinaya:na and beginning his northward movement called Uttara:yana. The 3rd day of Makara Sankranthi festival is called Kanuma. On Kanuma day, the animal kingdom is remembered for the role they play in the ecosystem thereby supporting human life in various ways and therefore animals, birds, and fish are fed with grains as a symbol of sharing. Of all the animals, especially the Go:ma:tha is remembered and worshipped on this day because of the central role she plays in our lives by giving the panchagavyas (milk, curd, ghee, panchakam/urine, mayam/dung) which we consume directly as food or medicine or indirectly as organic manure to crops. The cow also gives male calves which become oxen and help in ploughing agricultural fields and transporting agricultural products and other goods.

Bramhothsavams At the asramam, we celebrate Bramhothsavams during Makara Sankranthi festival and on Kanuma day we perform special sa:mu:hika go:pu:jas (mass worshipping of all the cows in go:sa:la) with great fervor.

Yagnas Go:Pujas are conducted during yajnas and devotees are educated about the importance of protecting indigenous cows. Pu:jas are performed to Go:mathas and devotees circumambulate around them in devotion.

Go:da:nas are performed by devotees in our ashram mostly during Brahmotsavams, and Ka:rthi:ka, Sra:vana, and Vysa:kha months of the Vedic calendar year.