Kamadhenu, the divine bovine Goddess we all know her to be, has always fascinated me as a child. As a child, it seemed to me that a Kamadhenu statue was one I could include in my collection of animal figurines and admire for as long as I pleased. As I got older, I began to understand why my grandmother and my mother worshipped it and how the delicate features and motherly affection displayed in the statue somehow set it apart from other idols we worshipped at home.
To this day, Kamadhenu resonates among the Hindu masses as a nurturing mother, all-giving in nature, and as bestowing as the very earth that we sow in and from which we reap our grains. Kamadhenu is also known as Surabhi (the fragrant one) and Gou Mata (the mother of all cows. As gentle as she may seem, she is a powerful deity that is all-providing. She is mentioned in numerous Hindu scriptures and texts, and Hindus consider all cows to be an extension or an embodiment of the Kamadhenu herself. It also explains the lack of temples dedicated to her alone as a deity.
The birth of the Divine Cow
Kamadhenu is said to have arisen during the Samudra Manthan, or the churning of the cosmic ocean. Some also describe her as the daughter of Daksha, the creator.
As for her dwelling, the most famous account is from a story that narrates her as being possessed by Sage Jamadagni or Sage Vashista. The Kamadhenu provided plenty– milk and ghee for her master’s auspicious rituals and sacrifices; and fierce warriors to protect him when needed. The story follows her journey as a part of the hermitage, soon after, kidnapped by a greedy king and a curse upon the Kshatriyas that Parashurama personally delivered.
Apart from her residing in the hermitage, she also dwells in Goloka, a realm of cows and Patala loka, which Hindus refer to as the netherworld.
The Significance of Kamadhenu
The Kamadhenu is a divine being on its own but is also said to contain other deities in its pure self.
It is said that the four legs of the Kamadhenu are symbolic of the vedas and also represent the majestic Himalayas. The large horns signify the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Lord Shiva, where it is said that Lord Brahma resides in the tip of the horn, Lord Vishnu in the centre and Lord Shiva in the base of the horns.
Her eyes represent the Sun and Moon Gods in their radiant forms. In addition, the fire deity, Agni, and the Wind God, Vayu, are often shown to reside in her strong shoulders. All other significant deities also reside in her body, and some believe that she is home to crores of Gods and Goddesses.
The Benefits of Keeping a Kamadhenu Statue At Home
Keeping a statue of the Kamadhenu at home is said to bring positive energy to the household.
- Worshipping the Kamadhenu along with its calf Nandini brings blessings from Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Durga.
- It also blesses the family with happiness, peace and prosperity.
- The Kamadhenu statue also brings material success in terms of profession and helps gain spiritual growth.
- The bovine Goddess is also associated with fertility and motherly love and brings good energy to a home with children.
Where Should You Place the Kamadhenu Statue?
While you may benefit from keeping a Kamadhenu statue at certain places in your home, it would be wrong to say that you will not be blessed by simply placing it in your pooja room. All that matters is the purity of your heart, the faith in your prayers and the sincerity in your work.
You can place the Kamadhenu in the Pooja room or a small home shrine on Friday and worship it like the other deities.
Those that experience household financial issues can also place the statue in the north corner of the room on Mondays.
A Kamadhenu statue can be placed in the southwest corner on a Monday in case of business expenses that exceed the income.
We hope this little blog has helped you understand the significance of the Kamadhenu. Know more ways to keep it at home? Let us know in the comments below!
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