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November 20, 2012. Gopastami

Gopastami is one of the most auspicious festivals of Indian Vaishnava calendar. It is the festival of cows which is observed on the eighth day of the bright moon night in Kartik month. Kartik month falls in the months of October or November. In 2011, Gopastami is on 3rd November.
Gopastami: Krishna and Cows
Gopastami is the day when Lord Krishna and His elder brother Balaram first took calves for herding. It was the first day of Their cowherding. There is beautiful description of the event in Srimad Bhagvatam.
 

 In tenth canto of Srimad Bhagvatam it is described that Lord Krishna always wanted to herd calves in the jungles. But His parents Nanda and Yashoda thought Him to be too small to go for cow-herding. One day Krishna insisted that He wanted to go. So mother Yashoda asked qualified Brahmins for the auspicious day. They suggested the eight day of Kartik month to be the best day. Then Lord Krishna and His elder brother Balarama became very happy to go that day and named it Gopastami. 

 
  
Hoy el Señor Sri Krishna se convierte en un vaquero cualificado, un Gopa o pastorcillo de vacas. Previamente hacia pastar a los terneros, hoy Krishna sale a pasturar las vacas. Hoy las goshalas se limpian y las vacas son adornadas y se les ofrece prashadam.

 En algunos sitios visten a un pequeño muchacho como Krishna para invocar el recuerdo del pasatiempo. Uno puede untar o pintar los cuernos con cúrcuma y poner sindura sobre sus frentes, y marcas de manos en sus cuerpos. Entonces habría que alimentarlas con hierbas frescas, dulces, y circunvalarlas.