GAU KRIPA MAHOTSOV

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Manorama Goloktirth, Sirohi District, Rajasthan   —  April 8-16, 2016

Jaya Gomata            Jaya Gopal

All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!                                                                                                                            All glories to Sri Sri Krishna Balarama!                                                                                                                           All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

OM Sri Surabhyai Namah!

namo gobhyah srimatibhyah saurabheyibhya eva ca                                                                                  namo brahma sutabhyas ca pavitrabhyo namo namah

Shri Pathmeda Godham Mahatirth organized its 9 days event entitled “Gau Kripa Mahotsov” at Manorama Goloktirth, Nandgaon, District Sirohi in the State of Rajasthan. One of the main purposes of the event was to bring awareness of the India’s original Desi cow breed and the urgent need to protect the endangered cow dynasty of Bharatiya Govamsa. In the Vedic culture, the cow is considered our mother and therefore must be protected. Other objectives of the Gau Kripa Mahotsov were to encourage the use of Panchagavya products that can help bring a healthy and natural life to humanity and secondly, to emphasize the importance of producing food grains by using natural byproducts of cows, namely, the highly medicinal and potent dung and urine.

Many Go Bhaktas and sadhus arrived from different parts of India and from other countries as well. Devotees from the four Vaisnava Sampradayas, including Shankaracarya followers, enthusiastically participated in the Mahotsov. From Jagannatha Puri, Orissa, HH Shri Shankaracarya Maharaja, HH Shri Prajnananda Maharaja, and hundreds of Go Bhaktas came. From Vrindavan, Maluk Pithadhishvar Swami Shri Rajendradasji Maharaja, HH Shri Krishna Chandra Maharaja, HH Shri Pundarika Maharaja, and many other babajis and devotees also joined. HH Bhakti Raghava Swami Maharaja, ISKCON Minister for the Daiva Varnasrama and Rural Development Ministry for India, came from Hyderabad. Nimbarka Pithadhishvar HH Shri Shyamasundar Maharaja, HH Shri Giriraj Maharaja, Loksabha MPs, the Rajasthan Environmental Department Minister and many others participated in the event enthusiastically.

His Holiness Dutt Sharananda Maharaja, the founder of Pathmeda Godham Mahatirth participated everyday in the morning Go Puja and encouraged everyone in the Mahotsov to participate. Many devotees contributed for TULA DHAN, giving equal amount of weight in jaggery for the cows. For the first time in history, the Panchagavya Ayurvedic Hospital was officially inaugurated in Manorama Goloktirth.

His Holiness Sri Rajendradasji Maharaja everyday gave Go Bhagavat Katha pravachan and inspired the people to realize the urgent need to take up Vedic culture by defending and protecting Gomata. Maharaja enlightened everyone to preach the glories of Gomata, to carry the message to every nook and corner of Bharat Bhumi and inspire others to use panchagavya products and produce food by using cow dung and gomutra.

Everyday Bhagavat Katha was held in which many Go Bhaktas participated. Thousands of cows surrounded the Pandal programs; innumerable brahmanas were reciting the Srimad Bhagavatam. Thousands of cows were worshiped in the morning and evening. Many devotees were doing parikrama of the cows and Goshalas. It was very pleasing just to have darshan of thousands of cows and cow lovers assembled in one place.

Pathmeda Godham was initially started with only 8 cows in 1993, and has since increased to lakhs of cows and thousands of Goshalas. They encourage people from different States to take cows and take care of them. If somehow they cannot continue to look after the cows, they can return them to Pathmeda Godham.

Sant Jay Prakash, MD of the project, took His Holiness Bhakti Raghava Swami Maharaja to show different places in Manorama Goloktirth. They have Yajnashala, Akhanda Harinam Kirtan, and a Panchagavya Ayurvedic Hospital for cows. Maharaja spent a lot of time discussing about the Dhanvantari sanctuary where they take care of diseased cows. Jay Prakashji explained how cows expect us to give her love. When our mother is in hospital, she expects that her children and family members come and see her. Similarly, Jay Prakashji explained about the loving treatment to the cows, and the different ways that they care for cows based on their needs. HH Dutt Sharananda Maharaja has nicely arranged for Goshala pradhakshana, with Tulasi Trees around the pathway. Tulasi gives good health to both cows and devotees.

Bharat Bhumi can only be developed and saved by taking care of cows and by stopping slaughterhouses completely. By doing this one activity of protecting and caring for cows one can happily follow the Vedic culture and Krishna consciousness life. ISKCON Founder-Acarya Srila Prabhupada in his purports of Srimad Bhagavatam and in other books mentions about stopping cow slaughter and saving Mother Earth from the use of chemicals and pesticides. Gomata purifies the environment and the universe. The Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna Himself showed by example of caring and worshiping cows.

Jaya Gomata! Jaya Gopal! Bhaktavatsala prabhu dinadayal.

[With blessings and inspiration of His Holiness Bhakti Raghava Swami Maharaja, I, Sri Jiva das, humbly tried to glorify Gomata.]

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