GOPAL-MOCHAN FAIR HISTORY
The deity, Shiva, was on a mission of rescuing his daughter, Saraswati, from Brahma according to the Hindu Mythology. The body of Shiva was blackened for the electrifying effect of the lock of the Brahma’s hair which remained in his hand. Lord Shiva was taking rest in a cowshed and he overhead the cow speaking to her calf. The black scar remained with Lord Shiva until then. The calf wanted to safeguard itself from castration and was ready to kill even its owner. The cow had no other option other than trying to save himself from the sin. The calf suggested the cow to travel to a tank where he could shed his sin at. The calf had killed his master on the very next day and was accompanied by the cow as well. Thus their bodies turned black in their sins. Both of them went together to that particular tank to get rid of their sins. Lord Shiva had noticed the whole episode and had decided to take a dip into the water of the tank with the intention of shedding his sins. From then onwards, the tank has captured a soft spot in the hearts of everyone in the proximity. Many move towards the tank to take a dip into the holy water of the tank to shed their sins. The fabulous Gopal-Mochan festival which has a huge religious significance is celebrated with pomp and show in the adjoining area of the sacred tank.
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