Know About Vagh Baras: Pay Homage To The Holy Cow On This Festival

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What Does Vagh Baras Mean?
The meaning of Vagh Baras is repaying one's financial debt. People clear their Khata (ledgers) and enter into new and fresh transactions on the auspicious day of Vagh Baras.

The Significance Of Vagh Baras
Vagh Baras is also known as Govatsa Dwadashi or Nadani Varat. During this festival, people worship ‘Nandani’ the divine cow. It is said that by doing so, all their wishes get fulfilled. This day is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm throughout 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, Vagh Baras is the first day of the Diwali festivities. On Govatsa Dwadashi, ‘Sripada Vallabha Aradhana Utsav’ is performed at Pithapuram Datta Maha Samsthanam in Andhra Pradesh while in Gujarat it is honoured as Vagh Baras. It is a festival of cows, dedicated to all the 33 crores cows. Vagh Baras is celebrated on the 12th day of Krishna Paksha of Lunar month as per the traditional Hindu calendar.

Vagh Baras: The Important Dates & Timings
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

Vagh Baras: Its Puja Vidhi, Rituals And Other Aspects
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.
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.
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.
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.
In certain parts of the country, on this religious day, devotees also abstain from consuming any kind of dairy product like milk or curd.

The Legend Behind Vagh Baras
In the Hindu tradition, ‘Bhavishya Purana’ mentions the legends of Vagh Baras wherein the story of the divine Cow ‘Nandini’ is narrated. In the Hindu belief, cows are looked up as gods and worshipped as holy mothers who provide nourishment to humankind. On this day, women keep a fast for the well-being of their children. It is a popular belief that if a childless 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 a long time, then you can gain it by Santan Gopal Yantra.

The Day To Repay All Financial Debts
In some parts of the country, ‘Vagh’' also connotes repaying one's 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 Shri Vallabha is worshipped. Shri Vallabha is 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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