Important: Mahalaya Paksham – An Opportunity to do Gho Dhanam economically

கோதானத்துக்கு மிஞ்சி ஒரு புண்யமுமில்லை. பாப பரிஹாரத்துக்கு அதுவே பெரிய மருந்து. தானம் வாங்குபவர் அதை நன்றாக ஸம்ரக்ஷித்து வைத்துக் கொள்ளக் கூடியவர்தான் என்று நிச்சயப்படுத்திக் கொண்டே கோதானம் செய்ய வேண்டும். – ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீ சந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி ஸ்வாமிகள்

There is no better act of Punnya than Gho Dhanam (Donating a cow). It serves as a great medicine for salvation of sins. We should first make sure that the person who receives the cow as Dhanam is capable enough to look after it well and only then should offer it as Dhanam. – Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Swamigal


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara – Unfortunately the above golden quote (Gho Dhanam) told by our Sasatras and Sri Periyava is on wane these days. Per our scriptures, for our Athma Kshemam, one should do at-least 10 Gho Dhanams in our life time but many of us do not even do once. Regrettably, in my personal experiences, many of the Vadhyar’s also do not emphasize this fact. Apart from many occasions, it is extremely important to do Gho Dhanam immediately after an individual passes away as well on the 12th day (Sapindikarana). Even if one misses we should do it at-least before the first year ceremonial rites (dhivasam) of the deceased. Nowadays even the affordable one’s do not pay heed to this and use coconut (substitute) or lotus flower (substitute for substitute) and complete the ceremony haphazardly. Sastras very clearly specifies that one should opt for substitute(s) only in unavoidable circumstances which otherwise will have its own consequences. One may argue it costs a bit to buy a cow/calf and it is tough to figure logistics surrounding Gho Dhanam. I have been giving it a thought about this for a while and with help of my trustworthy Ghosala contacts simplified this process. The objective of this kainkaryam is to start helping needy devotees who really want to do Gho Dhanam. I also want to make this process as simple and as effortless as possible.

As you all aware, Mahalaya Paksham or Pithru Paksham starts on Sep 1 and Sep 17. In many a cases, due to various situations we may not have done Gho Dhanam for our ancestors. The next couple of weeks is a rare opportunity to perform this noble act for our ancestors and also for ourselves. This is a Maha Punniya Kalam and even if one does not want to do it for their Pithrus they should consider doing it for themselves.

If one wants to do Gho Dhanam please let me know by writing to and I will start making arrangements. You can either come to Gosala and do Gho Dhanam (which is preferable) or I can arrange for Cow/Calf to come to your home in case you cannot make it. The transportation can only arranged in Chennai and nowhere else. Let’s make this home coming really in unavoidable circumstances please.

If you can come to Gosala I can make arrangements for Vadhiyar and other logistics that it is needed for this ceremony which will last for around 30 minutes. In case the cow/calf has to come to your place you need to arrange for Vadhiyar yourself. Please pay for the cow/calf transportation charges and consider making a small contribution for cow/calf feeding to the Gosala. This contribution amount is up-to your discretion. As I mentioned, the objective of this post is to create awareness of Gho Dhanam and help ourselves and our Pithrus take advantage of this Maha Punniya Kalam by performing Gho Dhanams.

Remember we have a two week window here where we need to act swiftly. I will provide all the details if you let me know your interest and will help you as much as I can. Sri Periyava Thiruvadi Sharanam. Rama Rama


இப்படி ‘ஸ்ப்ஸ்டிட்யூட்’டைச் சொல்லிவிட்டதால், இந்த ‘ஸப்ஸ்டியூட்’டுக்கும் ‘ஸப்ஸ்டிட்யூட்’, அதற்கும் ‘ஸப்ஸ்டியூட்’ என்று போய், ஒரு கோதானம் பண்ணிவிட்டால் அது க்ருச்ரத்துக்கு ஸமானம் என்று ஆகி பசுவுக்குப் பதில் அதன் விலையைத் தக்ஷிணையாகத் தருவதாக ஆரம்பித்து, இந்தத் தக்ஷிணையையும் குறைத்துக் கொண்டே போய், தற்போது பரிஹாஸத்துக்கு இடமாக, ஒரு பிராம்மணனுக்கு ஆறே காலணா தக்ஷிணை கொடுத்துவிட்டால் க்ருச்ரம் அநுஷ்டித்தாகி விட்டது என்று வைத்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறோம்! – ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீ சந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி ஸ்வாமிகள்

Since ‘substitute’ has been mentioned, we have gone to the extent of offering ‘substitute’ to this substitute and another substitute to that substitute and started to equate offering of a cow (Gho Dhanam) to krcchram and further, giving only the cost of the cow as fee (Dakshina) and gradually reducing even that fee, to a ridiculous level of saying that krcchram has been observed if only ‘kalana’ (25 paise), is given as fee. – Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Swamigal

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2 replies

  1. It is an eye-opener. Many of us are not conveyed or given proper directions to follow rituals mentioned in shastras.

    There has to be “Guideline” for all hindus / brahmins giving details as elaborately as possible in simple language for all kinds of rituals and also daily puja vethis.

    This will benefit people like me.

    By the way how much it cost to do go dhanam.

    S Ganesh

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