PITRA DOSHA: COW DHANAM: DO's AND DON'Ts IN DONATING A COW

Monday, 9 February 2015

COW DHANAM: DO's AND DON'Ts IN DONATING A COW

What happen to the Soul on the 5th month from its death? 

Importance of Cow Dhanam: 

As per the Hindu Vedas, when a person is dead, its soul would travel one year to reach the Pitru Loga. That is, the journey of the soul would start from the 13th day from its death date and ends on the same thithi in the same month in the next year according to the Hindu Calendar.

1 year period for the humans living in the earth equals one day period for the Devas (those living in the upper world). That is, the Soul will travel 1 day (as per the period calculated by the Devas) to reach the upper world.

But the Soul will have to make arduous and treacherous journey for the next one year from the day it leaves the world before it reaches the upper world. On the 5th month of its journey, the Soul has to cross a river named Vaitarani. The river will look pleasant and beautiful to the eyes of the righteous person and will be able to cross successfully to the other side of the river to continue with their journey.

For those, who had lived in a immoral and unethical manner during their lifetime, the crossing of the river would proves to be extremely difficult. In the eyes of people (who had lived in an immoral manner), the river contains the blood, human excreta, pus, urine and saliva will flow rapidly in the river. The river will also contains dead flesh and bones. This would create intolerable level of stench that makes the Soul extremely nervous and uncomfortable. The Soul will remain hesitant to jump into the river to cross it.

At that time, the representatives of Lord Yama given other options to cross the river.

Option 1: Did you ever looked after a cow during the entire lifetime?

Option 2: Did you ever donated a Cow to a righteous person?

Option 3: Did you ever fasted for Maha Shivaratri once in your life?

Option 4: Did you ever fasted for Vaikunta Ekadasi once during your lifetime?

The representatives of the Lord Yama tells the soul that we shall help you to cross this river without any trouble, if you had done any of the options during your lifetime.

That is donating a cow or looking after the cow assumes much significance. But these conditions are to be met before you donate a cow to anyone. 

1. You must be 100% sure about the integrity of the person, who is accepting the donations.

2. You will get back double the curse, if the cows are not fed properly by the person, who had accepted the donations from you.

3. If the Cows are ill treated by the person who had accepted the donations, then the person who had donated the cow would inadvertently invite Pitra Dosha.

4. If the Cows are not fed or ill treated or left to lurch after the cow loses its commercial value due to its old age, the "Cow Dhan" will not deliver any results and in fact delivers exactly opposite results.

5. If the donated cows are tortured or killed either by the person who had received the donation or by his proxies, then the Pitra Dosha curse will befall on the person who had donated the cow.

Hence, the person who donates the cow must be cautious in selecting a person to whom it should be donated.

1. You must verify the background of the person or the organization, to whom the cow is to be donated.

2. You must physically go and verify the living condition of the cow in a periodical manner throughout its lifetime.

3. You must always maintain other options to shift the cow to a better place, if you are not satisfied with the condition of the cow in their present place.

* The basic informations are derived from the "Garuda Purana". 

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