Even after knowing Krishna’s life, we overlook the importance Krishna gave to the cows. There were two instances where Krishna has tried to convince us of how one can win Krishna by serving a cow.
Mother Yashoda took Krishna to cow and prayed cow for Krishna’s well-being, when she saw Krishna being attacked by the demon Putana. Krishna’s parents knew that protecting cow alone can bring health, wealth and prosperity. Mother Yashoda told us that cow protects us from ill-will and negative energies.
That was the first instance where we were guided by Krishna about protection of cows. The second incidence was when the King of heaven: Indra wanted to kill the people of Vrindavan, when he came to know that they have stopped worshiping him. It is regarded as the first sinful act of person blessed with transcendental qualities-“Dev aparadh”. The merciful Krishna instead of giving any curse or personal punishment to King Indra took the effort of lifting the Goverdhan for seven consecutive days. Despite the fact that Krishna and his men were troubled, Krishna forgives Indra as he donated Surbhi cow to Krishna.
This shows us how Krishna was in the awe of cows. Krishna always taught about importance of cows through his actions. His love for cows is also seen from his two names “Gopala- the protector of the cows and Govinda- “one who brings satisfaction to the cows”