Source: News Bharati English04 Apr 2016 12:58:15

Letter requesting Krishna Janmashtami to be declared as Gopuja Dinotsavam was presented to Manikyala Rao, the Minister for Endowments of Andhra Pradesh by Prakasarao and Nandini Velagapudi in November 2015. Ramakrishna Velagapudi, MLA from Visakhapatnam also supported the move.

Hyderabad, Apr 4: Responding to the letter of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) the Andhra Pradesh Government has issued orders to observe Krishna Janmashtami as Gopuja Dinotsavam.

Krishna Janmashtami or the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over the country with social and religious fervour. Cow and Krishna are inseparable from each other. Lord Krishna tended the cows, fed them, protected them and used to drink milk and butter. He is also called ‘Govinda’ meaning ‘one who brings satisfaction to cows’. ‘Gopala’ is the other name of the Lord which means ‘one who protected them.

The Bhagwat Purana quotes the Lord as saying, “I can be worshiped within the cows by offerings of grass and other suitable grains and paraphernalia for the pleasure and health of the cows, and one may worship Me within the Vaishnavas by offering loving friendship to them and honouring them in all respects”.  

The Cow is revered as the mother in India since ages. She is seen as the one who fulfils the desires of the individual. The scriptures also describe cow as ‘mother of the universe’ (Gavo vishwasya mataraha). The cow is recognised for her contribution to the fields of agriculture, transport, food, medicine, religious functions, emotional stability and economy in the Indian milieu.

The ancient scripture of Mahabharata quotes Bhishmachrya who said cows represent sacrifice. From them flow the sacrifices of Havya and Kavya, and milk, curds, and ghee. Mahatma Gandhi in the recent past also believed that the ‘cow protection is the gift of Hindus to the world. Hinduism will live so long as there are Hindus to protect the cows...Hindus will be judged not by their talks, not by correct chanting of mantras, not by their pilgrimages, not by punctilious observances of caste rules, but by their ability to protect the cow” (Young Indian, 6-10-21, P 36)  

Against this historic background of cow protection Dr. Gazal Srinivas and Dr. Prakashrao Velagapudi of the GHHF approached the government through Minister for Endowments Manikyala Rao, requesting him to declare Krishna Janmashtami as Gopuja Dinotsavam. The letter was submitted to the minister in November last year.  

Responding positively to the efforts of GHHF to protect the cow, the Andhra Pradesh Government issued the order to that effect on April 1, 2016, directing all the Hindu Temples to perform Gopuja recognizing the importance and significance of cow.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation expressed its appreciation for recognizing the sacredness of the cow, the merits one accrues by worshiping the cow, benefits one derives from using the five elements of cow and the advantages the society accumulated by the mere presence of a cow in the households.

The GHHF is of the view that every Hindu should perform Gopuja not only on Krishna Janmashtami, but they should do it on a daily basis for the welfare of the society and humanity.