On Gopashtami Nanda Maharaja completed a ceremony for the cows and Shri Krishna when He reached the pauganda age. This became the day for Shri Krishna and Balarama to herd the cows for the primary time. Gopashtami is celebrated 7 days after famous pageant Govardhan Puja.
On this competition, devotees wake up early in the morning to take bathtub and easy their places. The gowshalas has been nicely embellished with beautiful hues of rangoli and plant life. People in particular clean their cows and take them for long walks. The cow tilak ceremony is executed and jaggery, goodies, panchamrit, rice and water has been provided to cows. They were worshipped along side the calves. The aarti, parikrama is typically achieved after which clean green grass is given to the cows.
It is popularly celebrated in various Gau Shalas and other holy locations in Barsana, Mathura, Vrindavan, Braj Pradesh, Shri Krishna famous Mandir, Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara, ISKCON temples in all over India.