Sri Gokulam Goshala
Cow Cost: 60000 | Transportation Cost: 5000 | Total Cost for Go Daanam: 65000
30 cows of the Gir, Shaahiwaal and other local Indian breeds are to be purchased for the Goshala in August-September 2016. Interested bhaktas can donate a cow and derive the spiritual benefits of Go Daanam. The donor of the cow will be treated as its adoptive family.
Why Go Daanam ?
As per Hindu traditions, Go-dānam, or the donation of a cow, has been prescribed as a sacred duty. Sāstras recommend the performance of a minimum of 10 go-dānams during one's life-time, followed by 3 go-dānams after the individual's demise, by his family. In addition, go-dānams have been prescribed for many other occasions also.
The minimum 10 go-dānams to be performed during one's life-time are :
In modern times it may not be easy to adhere to many customs. But if we do not make an attempt to follow our sacred traditions, there will be a free fall in our value systems. The ill-effects of such lapses will be experienced by our children and grand-children. To uphold dharma, to respect ancient traditions and to attain the grace of the Almighty, one should try to do all the virtuous deeds that one possibly can. Go-dānam is one such punya-kāryam (meritorious deed) that results in instant and abundant grace of the Supreme Lord upon those who undertake it.
Spiritual merits of Go Daanam
Go Daanam, now made convenient
The Sri Gokulam Goshālā at Govindapuram is a unique endeavour in the field of Go-samrakshanam (cow protection). It is guided by the philosophy enshrined in our sāstras, which lays great emphasis on the cow as the harbinger of all prosperity and happiness to the individual as well as for generations to come.
Run entirely on non-commercial lines, the Go-shāla at Govindapuram offers care and protection to over 500 cows currently. Of these, around 400 are cows of Indian breeds, while about a hundred are Jerseys, Freisians and other non-Indian breeds. In fact, only about 25 cows are milked everyday at the Goshālā. The milk is then used for preparation of swāmi néivédyam and prasādam for about a hundred resident or visiting devotees. The remaining milk is converted into butter-milk and given free to the nearby old age homes and orphanages.
The Goshāla is currently in expansion mode in order to :
On a visit to the Srī Vittal Rukminī Samsthān or during the nāmasamkīrthanam programmes of Sri Vittaldās Maharāj held all over India, countless bhakthas have repeatedly approached him to ask whether they can buy a cow and offer it as Go-dānam to the Go-shālā so that they may discharge their ritual obligations to their forefathers. They have expressed their keenness to acquire the parama-punyam of gifting a cow to the shram in the full knowledge that it will be protected, loved and cared for during its entire lifespan. But so far, the Go-shāla was unable to accede to such requests from devotees because of some constraints. However, very soon, we shall be making it very simple and convenient for bhakthas to perform go-dānam in the prescribed manner.
In August-September 2016, we are planning to buy upto 30 cows, mainly of the famous Gir variety from Gujarat and the Shahiwal variety from North India. These are sturdy Indian breeds of cow that we currently do not have at the Goshālā. This will also encourage local farmers to rear Indian cows.
In response to the numerous requests of bhakthas, the Samsthān will now be able to offer them the facility of Go-dānam in the following manner :
30 cows (Gīr/Shāhiwāl/other indian breeds) are to be purchased for the Go-shāla.
Thus, by donating Rs 65000/- before 15th August 2016,
In case bhakthas are willing to donate further for the feeding and upkeep of the cow, they may consider paying a nominal sum of Rs 36000 per cow, every year. This can also be paid @Rs 3000 per cow, every month.
Now is the right time: only 30 Go-dānams are being accepted
This is a limited opportunity for bhakthas.
This is a significant spiritual milestone. Bhakthas are requested to engage in this holiest of holy tasks and lead a life free of stresses and sorrows.
For participating in Go-dānam and related sevās/kainkaryams, please register on the following numbers :
+91 - 93451 54953
+91 - 94433 95387
+91 - 435 2472300
Bhakthas may kindly note that for go-dānam, they would need to register before 31st July and pay the amount (Rs 65000/-) before 15thAugust, 2016.