Gou Pooja: Conducting Goupooja with Sankalpa to Goumatha
A cow Pooja is greater than the worship of all Gods and Goddesses. Because, first of all, you won’t get all Gods and Goddesses at a single place, each of them will have a separate temple. But, here we get all of them at a single place. Not only that, we may not feel the proximity in artificially established temples by us, but here we can feel that proximity in a very natural way. That proximity (of Gods) is present in cow by birth itself. We do not know whether our offering at temples will reach to God or not. Here, we can feed it from our own hands. It gives the Prasadam on its own. Prasadam is in the form of milk, dung and cow urine. Whatever we offer as grass, fodder and water itself is Pooja or Yajna, Prasadam obtained from this Yajna is termed as Amruta. Whatever it gives as Gou Prasadam in the form of milk, cow urine or cow dung, when all these are Amrita, then there is a huge difference between a normal Pooja and this Gou Pooja. Hence, this Pooja is more sacred.
Gou Daana: Among the most important alms mentioned in Hindu Sanatana Dharma, Pranadaana, Annadaana and Godaana hold a significant role. Cow has a significant place in Hindu Dharma and is often worshipped by us since it is believed that all the 3 crore deties mentioned in our sacred texts reside in different parts in the body of a cow. So Cow is regarded as an embodiment of all our deities and offering prayers to cow is nothing but worshipping all our deities.
DAANA or giving of alms has been extolled in the Shruti to be the highest form of merit—“Tasmat daanam paramam vadanti”. And what constitutes the best form of offering? “GODAANA” is renowned in the scriptures to be the best of all gifts, adding merit to both the giver and the receiver.