Mother Bhumi, or Mother Earth,
the presiding deity of the earth planet, felt distressed by the burden.
She turned herself into the shape of a cow and went up to the planet
of Lord Brahma, the topmost of the demigods, to ask for help. The Vedic
culture, which is the highest culture throughout the universe, values
cow protection, so she felt confidant that her chances of success in
getting help would be enhanced by her having become a cow.