The significance of the title of Godan

The significance of the title of Godan: in this article you will learn the significance of the title of Godan. This topic is very important for the English honours students of BBMKU, VBU and also for other universities which syllabus matches with BBMKU.

Q. What is the significance of the title of Godan?
Ans: Before knowing the significance of the title of Godan we must know what actually Godan is. So the term “Godan” reffers to an Indian ritual which means “gift of cow”.

significance of the title Godan

As you know that it is an Indian ritual. It is said that if any person dies then one of the family member of that person must have to do “Godan” so that the person could get peace. We find such ideologies in the case of Indian peasants who love or desire to have at least one cow at their home.

Moreover, Premchand has used this word “Godan” as the title of the novel. It is considered his masterpiece. In this novel he has shown Indian peasantry during British rule and also the role of cow at peasant’s home. The centeral character of this novel had a great desire of having a cow at his home but he had not enough money to buy so he decided to trick Bhola, a person of his neighbour village who had so many cows and bullocks at his home, so that he could get a cow. He tricked Bhola by saying that he would get him marry with a girl in his in laws village. As Bhola was a widower and was willingness to marry again so he got influenced by his talks and decided to give him a cow which he had bought for eighty rupees.

Thus Hori got a cow but his brother got jealous of him and poisoned the cow. Thus Hori’s desire of having a cow remaind un fulfill. Even at the last stage of Hori’s life he had desire to have a cow but he couldn’t fulfill. When he died his wife Dhaniya wanted to do Godan and follow the ritual but as she had lack of money to buy a cow, so she decided to give all her money to the pandit Dattadin as per the name of “Godan”.


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