While doing housewarming ceremony, what's the significance of the below?

  1. Bringing a cow and its calf inside the new home
  2. Boiling milk and then let it spill over
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    Oct 22, 2015 at 12:49
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    I am unable to site any references (as usual), and hence posting this just as a comment. In one discourse (not sure where or who said) it was explained that cow's output are purifier. This is what panchakavyam means. In those days, every house will typically have a gosala at the rear. So, before constructing the house on the vacant plot the gosala will be constructed at rear and cows will be made to stay. Their output will be made to fall on the plot and make it pure. This practiced cant be practiced today and hence the current practice is adopted symbolically.
    – Narayanan
    Oct 23, 2015 at 11:39

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All these rituals are related to VAstushAshtra. According to this and this sources:

Cow and calf are brought to house and the owner garlands them. According to Hindu philosophy, cow is considered to be the home of 330 million gods and by bringing the cow inside the house, it's believed that we invite/offer all the [demi]gods to our house. Above links also relates "cow" as a symbol of Lakshmi or Shiva.

From the various scriptures, like Surabhi, Nadhini, the cow is often symbolized as KAmadhenu. Dhenu stands for cow and KAm stands for wishes. Bringing cow inside the house thus relates to wish fulfillment.

Milk here signifies the wealth. Due to its fatty (snigdha) nature, it's often categorized as the best SAtvika food. In general, milk is offered to God while pooja. Infants get their initial nourishment via milk.

During housewarming, depending on the family traditions, certain people mix rice and milk and feed to the recipients. While certain people spill the milk (as you asked in question) on to the floor as a coolant, similar to how it's offered to Shivalingam.


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