Importance of Cows in Hinduism


I have seen the film PK recently. Though, I appreciated the film to a great extent for showing a broader perspective towards the practice of religion, I would like to express my opinion on the point, when a man says (in the film) that feeding a cow will enable him to get a job. I agree to this, getting a job requires educational qualification, skills and experience in a particular field. Any amount of religious practice without the required skills and qualifications cannot fetch anyone any job.

But, it was not proper on the part of the producers to raise the issue of feeding cows here and associate it with getting a job. Hindu scriptures strongly recommend the practice of feeding cows. It is considered to be highly beneficial to feed a cow, not materialistically but spiritually.

Probably, feeding of cows won’t bestow any materialistic benefit like getting a job but it will surely help a person advance spiritually. And when a person advances spiritually, the soul gets purified and God always resides in a purified soul. Such a person is always conscious of the presence of God and acts in the mode of goodness. In the mode of goodness, a person does good deeds and is blessed by God.


When I was young, I remember, my father used to make me sit beside him and tell me many religious stories, religious principles and values of Hinduism. He is the one who has taught me to love and respect my religion. I would to write all that I have learnt from him as a child. But, now I would like to write about the importance of a cow in Hinduism.

It is believed that we  should bow down before four mothers  the first is our own mother, who has given us birth, second is Goddess Durga, our Motherland and finally Go-Mata (‘Go’ in Sanskrit means ‘Cow’). In Hinduism, Cow has got the status of a mother. I have also read it is written in the Vedas that Cows should be protected and taken care of same like one’s mother.

Some may like to find logic here saying that cow is considered equal to a mother because it gives us milk.  But, in Hinduism, there are many other reasons behind accepting cows as divine beings.

Lord Krishna during his appearance on Earth has taken care of the cows as a cowherd boy. With this act, the Lord has given us a message that he loves cows and as devotees of Lord Krishna, it is our duty to worship cows and it is our responsibility to protect cows.


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