Vagh Baras 2020: A Devoted Day of Worshipping Cow

Vagh Baras meaning

Vagh Baras means repaying one's financial debt. On this day, people clear their Khata (ledgers) and enter into new and fresh transactions.

It is also called as Govatsa Dwadashi or Nadani Varat. On this day, all the devotees worship ‘Nandani’ the divine cow. It is believed that by doing so, all their wish gets fulfilled by the Divine. It is the day which is celebrated with immense enthusiasm all across the country. However, sometimes the situation does not seem to be likeable around us, and we are stuck in a whirlwind of confusion, and if this is the case with you, then get your personalized Janampatri and make your life pleasurable and joyful.

Vagh Baras in Gujarat

In Gujarat, this day is called ‘Vagh Baras’ and is the first day of the Diwali festivities. On Govatsa Dwadashi, ‘Sripada Vallabha Aradhana Utsav’ is performed at Pithapuram Datta Maha Samsthanam in the state of Andhra Pradesh while in Gujarat it is honoured as Vagh Baras. It is a festival of cows, dedicated to all the 33 crores cows. It is celebrated on the 12th day of Krishna Paksha of Lunar month as per the traditional Hindu calendar.

Important dates and timing of Vagh Baras

Sunrise November 12, 2020 6:42 AM
Sunset November 12, 2020 5:39 PM
Dwadashi Tithi Begins November 12, 2020 12:41 AM
Dwadashi Tithi Ends November 12, 2020 9:30 PM
Vagh Baras Puja Time November 12, 5:39 PM - November 12, 8:16 PM

Rituals to be followed on Vagh Baras

On this day, as per the Hindu tradition, cows are bathed with sacred water, and then vermillion is applied on their forehead. These cows are then beautifully ornamented with flowers and bright colour clothes.

  1. Devotees can also prepare idols of cows or calf from mud if they do not find cows nearby. These idols are then adorned with kumkum and turmeric. An Aarti is performed in the evening to worship cows.
  2. Then various offerings are made to the cows like moong, gol or sprout. Moreover, on this day devotees offer prayer to Lord Krishna, a divine incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who was an ardent cow lover. This Vagh Baras, you may also worship Lord Visnu by performing Vishnu Puja and remove all the obstacles from your life and bring harmony into your home.
  3. On this ritualistic day, women of all the cast observe fast (Varat) for the well-being of their children with full devotion and can only take one meal on that day. The devotees on this day, refrain from all kinds of physical touch and stay awake all night. However, if a person wishes to sleep, then she can sleep on the floor.
  4. In certain parts of the country, on this religious day, devotees also abstain from consuming any kind of dairy product like milk or curd.

Significance of Vagh Baras

As per the Hindu scripture, In ‘Bhavishya Purana’, the legends of Vagh Baras are mentioned in which the story of the divine Cow ‘Nandini’ is narrated. In Hinduism, cows are situated at the place of God and worshipped as holy mothers as they provide nourishment to mankind. On this day all the women keep a fast for long well-being for their children. It is popular that if a sterile woman worships or keeps a fast on this day with immense devotion, then she is blessed with a beautiful child. if you are also missing the Joy of Parenthood for the long time, then by Santan Gopal Yantra. In some regions, ‘Vagh’' is also implied as repaying one financial debt. Thus, on this day, businesses clear all their accounts and do not make any further transactions. The day is also commemorated as Govatsa Dwadashi and worshipped Shri Vallabha, the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya who disappeared in the Krishna River on this day.

In this way, Cows across the country worshipped as Gawmata to preserve the culture of our tradition. The day is also observed by women to bring health and wealth into their home by worshipping Lord Krishna.

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