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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Godana, GodAna, Godaana

Godāna literally means ‘gifting of a cow’.

‘Godāna’ is also the name of a sanskāra or sacrament wherein the hair on the head[1] above the right ear is shaved off. ‘Keśānta’ is an another name for it.


  1. Go means hair
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore