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Fourth day of Diwali

The fourth day is variously known as Padwa, Varshapratipada and Kartika Shudda Padyami. The significance of this day lies in the story of Lord Krishna - who saw the villagers making offerings to the thunder God Indra. This was supposed to appease Indra, who would bring enough rain to the farmlands, and not cause storms or floods. Krishna questioned this practice and said that everyone should actually take care of their cattle, the very basis of their farm life, instead of worshipping an angry God in the sky. When Indra heard this, he was angry, and unleashed a storm. Krishna then lifted the hill of Govardhan, to protect and shelter his people. This story is sometimes used as a reference to the origins of why the cow is considered holy in Hinduism.


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