BENGALURU: For the first time, ‘Gaupuja’ was performed on Thursday at all veterinary institutions across the state on account of Balipadyami, post-Diwali.
‘Gaupuja’ was performed in all the veterinary institutions of the Animal Husbandry Department, the department’s fields, government and private goshalas, milk producers’ associations and Muzrai temples.
Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan congratulated all the veterinary institutes of the department, cattle fields, and private and government goshalas for the success of the Gaupuja programme.
“The culture of worshipping the cow as a mother and god, which was a part of the daily activities of the Indian heritage, is being continued even today on Balipadyami,” Chavan said.
On behalf of the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), more than 14,000 milk producers and cooperative societies participated in Gaupuja and created awareness among the public about Gaupuja and cow conservation.
“Our heritage is the glory of being the mother who gave birth to Kamadhenu. Our government is always ready to protect cows by bathing them, decorating them with turmeric, saffron and flowers, and worshipping them,” Chavan said.
Gaupuja is an integral part of religious and cultural heritage and the minister appreciated that it is a matter of pride that the government ministers, officials, people’s representatives and the public participated in the conservation of cows, which are the most valuable wealth of this land.
Notably, in all the Muzrai temples in the state, Godhooli Lagna Gaupuja is performed on Balipadyami from morning to evening. “The departmental officers participated in Gaupuja and performed the rituals in full swing”, the minister said. (ANI)