Komatha in Indian Paintings

“Komatha” (also “Gomatha”) featuring in Indian painting, particularly Tanjore type, has become mainstream. The importance of Komatha or the “sacred cow” in Hindu religion is that of highly sentimental and holds great precedence in several Indian households, where Hindus revere and worship it with utmost fervour. This rather short article will explain the significance of Komatha, according to the Hindu religious scriptures.

Lord Krishna was also known as” Gopal” (“Go” means “cow”) because he used to goad all his cows bare footed. Considered the source of all other incarnations, Krishna, being the “Gwala” or cowherd was inseparable from his herd of cows; he loved his cows so much that he is called by several names such as Gopal (protector of the cows) and “Govinda” (one who bring pleasure to the cows). Krishna, according to Hindu mythology, spent his childhood at Gokul or Gokula in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The Hindus believe the cow to be the mother of the entire universe and that she sustains the total creation in the form of milk she provides to human beings. Mother cow is considered to be the embodiment of the motherly energy. If the world is void of cows, it will be devoid of a mother and thus, no other living beings in the world can survive and sustain until eternity.

The great sages survived on the cows and many Hindu rituals were performed with the several products of cows. The Hindus also believe that by circumambulating the cow and offering obeisance to it, the worshipper is supposed to have circumambulated the entire earth including its seven islands and that his/her life is filled with abundance and prosperity.