Vagh Baras Or Govatsa Dwadashi 2020: A Festival to Worship Cows

Vagh Baras Or Govatsa Dwadashi 2020: A Festival to Worship Cows

October 28, 2020

Introduction

Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated in India and around the world with great pomp and vigour. Symbolically, the festival denotes the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Festivities of the season extend through 5 days, from Dhanteras to Bhai Dooj.

Vagh Baras is the dark fortnight of the twelfth day of the Ashwin month, of Krishna Paksha Dwadashi, that is dedicated to the Cow. It is believed that Shri Vallabha, the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya disappeared in the Krishna River on this day. Hence it is also celebrated as Guru or Govatsa Dwadashi in a few places. ‘Go’ means ‘cow’ while ‘Vatsa ‘ means a calf.

Vagh Baras 2020 Date and Time

Vagh Baras or Govatsa Dwadashi is celebrated a day before Dhanteras in Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is a significant day where cows and calves are worshipped and fed with wheat products. In 2020, Vagh Baras will fall on Thursday, November 12 as per the given Muhurta.

  • Pradosha Kala Govatsa Dwadashi Muhurat – 05:29 PM to 08:07 PM (Duration – 02 Hours 39 Mins)
  • Dwadashi Tithi Begins – 12:40 AM on Nov 12, 2020
  • Dwadashi Tithi Ends – 09:30 PM on Nov 12, 2020

Vagh Baras Observance

Vagh Baras is a religious Hindu festival that marks the commencement of Diwali festivities. It is an auspicious thanksgiving day dedicated to cows for their help to sustain the human race. Devotees believe that observance of the day helps in fulfilling all their wishes. They comply by rituals mentioned in the Bhavishya Purana that emphasizes the importance and holiness of the Cow in Hinduism.

The festival is known as Vasu Baras in the state of Maharashtra. In Gujarat, it is observed as Vagh Baras or Aso Vad Baras and as Sripada Vallabha Aradhana Utsav in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. In some parts of India, the festival is called Bach Baras while northern states celebrate the day as Govatsa Dwadashi. The followers of Shaivism, a sect within Hinduism that reveres Shiva as its supreme being, celebrate the day as Nandini Vrat, as both Nandini ( Divine Cow) and Nandi ( Sacred Bull) are considered holy.

Vagh Baras Meaning

The word ‘Vagh’ implies the repayment of financial debts while ‘Baras’ refers to the financial year. Thus, businessmen clear their accounts on this day and make no further entries in new ledgers until the day of Labh Pancham.

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Vagh Baras Story

The Holy scriptures relate to a legend that mentions the importance of Vagh Baras. It is believed that at the time of Samudra Manthan or Churning of the Sea, five wish-fulfilling cows or Kamdhenus emerged. Among them appeared a Divine cow named Nanda. The day gained religious importance of worshipping the sacred cow Nanda and gradually came to be celebrated as Vagh Baras.

Vagh Baras Puja Rituals And Significance

Vagh Baras is a day to honour the Holy cow and calves. Rituals followed on this day are as follows:

  • Cows and calves are bathed and draped in colourful clothes.
  • They are decorated with beautiful garlands.
  • Vermillion and turmeric paste tilak is applied on their foreheads.
  • In rural areas, people make mud replicas of cows and calves and adorn them as symbols of motherhood as they are their chief source of livelihood.
  • They believe doing Gau Puja or cow worship on this auspicious day is said to wash away sins and is equivalent to bathing in the holy Ganga.
  • Women longing for a male child perform special Puja rituals on this day.
  • Holy hymns or Artis are sung while feeding the animals with wheat products, gram and mung bean sprouts.
  • Devotees sing songs praising the love of God Shri Krishna for cows, and being their benefactor.

Vagh Baras Fast

Vagh Baras or Govatsa Dwadashi is observed by devotees who revere and worship the Holy Cow. On this day Saubhagyavati or married women observe a day’s fast for the well-being of their children. They abstain from water and eatables. These women follow complete abstinence from one meal, either the morning or the evening one. The day emphasizes refraining from wheat and milk products that are considered to be the principal diet of the cow. The festival is celebrated on Dwadashi after one day of Ekadashi and one day before Dhanteras, therefore, it is worshipped at godhuli Bela or dusk time. What do stars predict for you? Which rituals may make the day turn favourable for you! Click to know through the Personalized Daily Forecast Report

Vagh Baras is a day of worship to God in the form of a Cow. It is believed that cows have the maximum capacity to absorb the divine rays of God. People across India consider a cow as ‘Gaumata’ and believe that Vagh Baras is the day which provides an opportunity to cherish traditions and keep our culture preserved religiously! For further assistance Talk To An Expert to help you to discover ways to get over issues destabilizing your life. Invite auspicious openings this Vagh Baras.

May Happiness and Providence Shine Upon You And Your Family On This Bountiful Day!

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