From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Kāmadhenu literally means ‘wish-yielding cow’.
Denominations for Kāmadhenu
- Kāmadhenu is the celestial cow that fulfills all the desires. It was born out of the ocean of milk when it was being churned. Indra took it away.
- Sometimes Vasiṣṭha’s cow Nandinī is identified with Kāmadhenu.
- According to another version, the cow Surabhi was the daughter of Dakṣa. Surabhi’s offspring was Rohiṇi. Kāmadhenu was Rohiṇī’s daughter.
Appearance of Kāmadhenu
- Kāmadhenu is white in color.
- It's four feet represent the four Vedas.
- It's four udders confer the four puruṣārthas.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore