All Muzrai temples to conduct ‘gau puja’ on Deepavali

A file photo of 'gau puja'.  

The Karnataka Muzrai Department (Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowment Department) has issued a circular asking all the temples coming under it to conduct “gau puja” (worship of cow) on November 5, which marks Balipadyami.

The circular said that it is mandatory for all the temples and religious institutions coming under the department to conduct the puja between 5.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on that day.

The circular states this was being introduced “to create public awareness about the importance of protecting cows” which are an integral part of the Hindu religion and culture. The circular further stated that worshipping cows was believed to “resolve various problems, including vaastu dosha”.

Pointing out that the system of worshipping cows during Deepavali/Balipadyami day was an old practice, it expressed concern that the system had been discontinued by those in towns and big cities. The department has asked temples to conduct ‘gau puja’ to reintroduce the tradition to the next generation, the release said.

It may be noted that Karnataka recently amended the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act with more stringent clauses.

Meanwhile, farmers’ leaders, though not opposed to offering puja, are upset that the government, which is talking about the importance of protecting cows, has not done much to protect the interests of farmers who are rearing them. Milk procurement prices have been slashed by the Karnataka Milk Federation. Farmers contend that it has rendered dairying a loss-making proposition.

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