Not many people know that Diwali starts with the worship of cows. The 1st day of Diwali – Vasu Baras is dedicated to the worship of Cows. Cows are worshiped by every Hindu as God and we consider them to be at the top of living organisms in terms of the existence of God. This day is also known as Govatsa Dwadashi or Vasubaras or Nandini Vrat. As per the Hindu calendar, it falls on the 12th day of Krishna Paksha of the month of Ashwin. This year Vasu Baras falls on Friday, 25 October. This festival is majorly observed by people of Maharashtra.
Origin (Vasu Baras Story)
The start of this festival is related to the very famous legend of ‘Samundra Manthan‘. It is believed that when gods and demons were churning the ocean for nectar, a cow called Kamadhenu emerged out of the ocean. This divine cow, which lives in heaven, was presented to the seven sages by the Gods, and in course of time came into the possession of Sage Vasishta. It has the capacity to fulfill all grants and desires of its owner. It is believed that on the day of Vasu baras, there is an emission of Chaitanya-filled frequencies from the cow in the form of Vishnu. Therefore, those worshiping cows can absorb these frequencies emitted by Vishnu through his cow manifestation.
How Kamadhenu looks
Kamadhenu, the “cow of wishes or desires,” has a bovine body, a female head, polychromatic wings like a tropical bird, and a peacock’s tail. Her milk is streaming over a Shiva linga, only to be channeled by the yoni to become a sacrificial oblation in the sacred fire. Various brahmins in the foreground (center photo) pour ghee (clarified butter), another common offering, into the fire. The spiritual significance of the cow is readily apparent in the use of milk, butter, and ghee in Vedic ritual ceremonies.
Every part of cow’s body has a religious significance. Its four legs symbolize the four Vedas, and its tits the four Purusharthas. Its horns symbolize the gods, its face symbolizes the sun and the moon, its shoulders Agni, and its legs the Himalayas. Check out the image below for detailed characteristics.
Significance of Vasu Baras
Kamadhenu denotes purity, non-erotic fertility, sacrifice and motherly nature which add sustenance of human life. The cow is the ultimate goddess of followers of Sanatan Dharma and is considered to impart powerful blessings. If worshiped, respected and loved, she has the capacity to grant all wishes and desires of the owner.