TIRUPATI, AUGUST 18: TTD EO Sri MG Gopal on Monday advocated that his is the time to protect “Gomata” and get the blessings of Lord Venkateswara.

The TTD numero uno official who took part in the Gokulastami Celebrations at Sri Venkateswara Go Samrakshana Trust in Tiruapti on Monday said that “Cow is being worshipped as “Gomata” since the ancient times in India. Cow has a special place in our Hindu Sanatana Dharma as it is believed as the embodiment of all three crore deities mentioned in our holy texts. But unfortunately today we have become so inhumane and brutally sending them to slaughter houses once they become non-milk yielding. This is the right time we should realise our mistake and jointly take up the mission protecting cows for the benefit of the society”, he added.

The EO also said, TTD, being the custodian of Hindu Sanatana Dharma has taken up the mission of protecting cows especially the desi breeds. “Today in our Goshala we have identified and protecting 12 breeds of indegenous cattle including Ongole, Shahiwal, Punganur, Gir, Haryana, Deoni, Kangrez, Umbalachari etc. and very soon we want to bring more indegenous breeds to our custody. Apart from this we are contemplating to set up a Indegenous cow breed protection centre in sprawling 450 acres of area acquired by TTD in Palamaner”, he added.

Adding further the EO said, “By performing homas and by worshipping cows only the mother nature will also feel happy and bless us withgood rains. So TTD has been regularly organising yagas, Gopujas to appease the Rain God. And our efforts did not go in vain as today Tirupati and Tirumala witnessed heavy down pour which increased the water levels in all the dams at Tirumala that will suffice the water needs of the multitude of visiting pilgrims for the next 50 days”, he maintained.

Earlier TTD EO along with Tirupati JEO Sri P Bhaskar offered prayers in the Venugopala Swamy temple located in the Goshala premises and later performed puja to “Gomata and calf”.

SV Dairy Farm Director Dr Harinath Reddy was also present. TTD has arranged devotional cultural programmes on this auspicious occasion. Kids dressed up as Chinni Krishna and Gopika stood as special attaction for the day. Hundreds of locals thronged the place to offer prayers to the presiding deity of Lord Venugopala Swamy and witness the programmes.