Folktales on Dairy Addiction of Lord Krishna is fictional

Happy Govardhan Puja!

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Govardhan puja is a pure vegetarian festival similar to many other Hindu festivals. This is celebrated to mark the appreciation to Lord Krishna, who lifted the Govardhan Hill for  the people of Vrindavan in order to provide shelter from sudden torrential rain (Bhagwat Purana).

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There is no where mentioned in any valid texts that Lord Krishna consumed milk or milk products. Krishna’s true vegan nature is found in the 9th Skandha 26th verse of the Bhagavad Gita, states that the appropriate offerings to God are a flower, a leaf, fruit or water; all are absolutely vegan offerings. 

पत्रं पुष्पं फलं तोयं यो मे भक्त्या प्रयच्छति |
तदहं भक्त्युपहृतमश्नामि प्रयतात्मन: ||
patraṁ puṣhpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ yo me bhaktyā prayachchhati
tadahaṁ bhaktyupahṛitam aśhnāmi prayatātmanaḥ

The story of Krishna is many thousands of years old. The story of being a dairy addict goes against fundamental of Hindu philosophy in which an Avatar incarnates to uphold and protect the Dharama. Also, the idea of a dairy addict likewise goes against Krishna’s teachings on detachment. The entire dairy industry, giant milk cooperative movements and traditional cow breeding culture in countryside of India are the forces behind to kept alive such stories as sacred for so many years.

The Hindu Scriptures are divided into categories that includes Veda, Puranas and Upnishads etc. In which, Puranas are basically folktales. Folktales are very important to Hindu culture because these are the actual application of our Hindu philosophy. The folktales of a lactarian culture does not acknowledge anything but lactarian history and behavior. The Krishna Puranas integrated into the Srimad Bhāgavatam when it finally was written as a text by Vyasadeva.

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