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TRYAMBAKESHVAR - TRYAMBAK

Gautama noticed her and went forward to drive her out of the field. He had a bunch of darbha grass in his hand and he threw it at the cow. The cow fell dead on the spot I Those who had observed the incident and Gautama himself were extremely surprised. But the facts were clear, Gautama had hit the cow with a darbha and the cow had died. He had committed the most horrible sin Go-hatya, had stain a cow. And now all those who had flocked there to enjoy Gautama’s hospitality, his labour and luck, decided to desert him.

How Could they accept food or water from such a grave sinner’? Gautama pleaded that it was an unintentional act and was an unforeseen incident, but all in vain. The sages and mendicants would have no truck With One responsible for a cow’s death. Gautama to purify himself through appropriate prayaschitta and only then they would return to his ashram. What kind of a prayaschitta would absolve him of his sin? That was surely for Ganesh-rishi to say. His knowledge and learning would enable him to indicate the type of prayaschitta necessary.

Gautama went to Ganesh rishi. The old sage comforted Gautama by soothing words. Repentance was the most effective prayaschitta. But Gautama pleaded that he had done nothing that he would repent of. He never intended to kill the cow. Well then there was a way out, a sin was committed and the sinner had to absolve himself of it. There certainly was a way out. The celestial waters of Ganga were capable of removing the blot on Gautama. Why could not he go and request Shiva to send her down so that he could perform a snana in her waters? He enjoyed great prestige with Shiva and surely the Great Lord would not say no’ to Gautama’s request. Of course a stiff penance would facilitate matters greatly.

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