Gho Bhojanam


Every person born as a Hindu ought to offer a cow atleast a handful of grass everyday; arrangements were made to make sure that all those who own a garden should grow atleast a small quantity of Agathi Keerai for the sake of the cows and many indeed had been following it regularly. Offering a handful of grass to the cow has been mentioned as “Gho Grasam”. The word ‘grass’ in English might have been derived only from this. As grazing grounds have been turning into housing colonies and highways, if there is a little space available in our backyard, we should grow Agathi and Arugu and offer them to cattle.

Atleast for these activities there is an amount of expenditure and sacrifices to be made on our part. Even avoiding these discomforts, aren’t we wasting away the discarded peels of vegetables cut for cooking at homes? Instead of letting them go useless, we made arrangements to collect them from every household by a few people and get them delivered to feed the cows. With my insistence on it repeatedly, this endeavour was implemented in many places; it is still going on in many places too. – Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Swamigal

Cows are considered the most sacred animals. According to Vedic texts, all celestial beings reside in a cow. Thus the Holy act of feeding the cows is equivalent to feeding all the gods and goddesses. The scriptures say that it is very auspicious to feed a cow and it is one of the most sacred deeds to gain prosperity and happiness.

According to the sacred text Brihat Parashara Smriti, a total of 33 crores (330 million) Gods and Goddesses reside in the Holy cow. Hence, feeding a cow is considered equivalent to feeding the Gods themselves.

It is not necessary that all of us should do some great sacrifice or make great efforts to feed the cows well and ensure that they do not starve. It is true that any amount of sacrifice or effort on our part for the sake of the cow is deserving. If some or even many people set out to do it, it is to be appreciated. But if attention is paid to a small matter by all people, several cows will get a good feed. If we make arrangements to give as feed to the cows all the vegetable waste we generate in our homes daily, a number of cows will get fed. We cut vegetables daily at home. In hotels and hostels, this is done on a large scale. Instead of throwing away the vegetable waste, it should be collected in a special covered container. There should be volunteers who will collect them from door to door.

This idea should not be dismissed thinking that nothing much will become available by this way. Considering the amount of waste that gets generated daily in every home and more particularly in hotels and hostels, each day’s collection will be very substantial. We need not be concerned with the cows that are cared for well in rich homes and in farms. Our aim is to protect those cows which starve and are in danger of being dispatched to the slaughter house.

If this task is undertaken and carried out with care, we can see for ourselves that a large number of cows can be fed. We can also be the recipients of the grace of Lord Krishna.

Like the peeled off skins of vegetables, the water that is obtained when filtering cooked rice can also be given to the cows. But in most homes, rice is being cooked in cookers. Where rice is still being cooked in the conventional manner, this service can be rendered.

Even the water with which rice is washed before being kept for cooking becomes food for the cow.
Wherever possible, a small plot can be allotted in the backyard of houses to grow greens that cows specially like.

We should think that we are offering food to Bhagawan Vasudeva and protect the cows by any of these means. Once we develop that feeling, we will not feel the strain in doing anything to help the cow.

Significance of gho bhojanam from scriptures

Get Rid of Pitru Dosha (Ancestral Affliction)

Amavasya is an ideal New Moon to offer Tarpanam to your ancestors and help attain Moksha (salvation). Feeding cows on Amavasya is considered the most sacred act and boosts your prayers to appease your ancestors and get rid of Pitru Dosha.

Gain Blessings of Goddess Lakshmi

Sacred texts state that Goddess Lakshmi resides in the rear of a cow. Providing nourishment and food to a cow is believed to be a greater Lakshmi Pooja, which can help you receive abundant prosperity blessings from Lakshmi.

Krishna Recommends Cow Feeding

Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says that one reaches heaven if he/she feeds their own cow or others’ cows. He also says that the souls of those who work for the well-being of cows can reach Brahma Loka (Higher World) in the afterlife.

Gives You the Blessings of Ashwamedha Yajna

The sacred text Brihat Parashara Smriti says that feeding cows with grass and water every day gives the same benefit as performing Ashwamedha Yajna (Vedic Technology to acquire high status, money and fortune).

Seek Relief from Malefic Planetary Effects

According to Vedic astrology, feeding a cow can bring relief from the malefic effects of the Navagraha (9 planets).

Periyava Gosala

Our goshala currently houses 197 cows and calves – all rescued under various circumstances, currently healthy and nourished. We are fortunate to have staff members that are very kind to the cows and love them like family. This is not only a goshala, it has other animals too – some pigs, dogs, and ducks – all rescued during cow rescue events.