Thirty-three million demi-gods reside in mother cow (gau Mata). The cow is our mother. The atmosphere of a house where there is a cow is very pure. Since all the demi-gods are present in a cow, we do not consider a cow as an ordinary animal; this is part of our culture. Similarly, Tulsi is not an ordinary plant. In our religion and culture, we also acknowledge rivers as Maa, for example, Ganga Maiya, Narmada Maiya, Yamuna Maiya. We worship the mountains and trees.
In English, the word country is assigned a female gender. However, female has many forms. What form do we regard our country? We regard it as our mother which is why we refer to it as Bharat Mata. ‘Bha’ means devotion or knowledge, ‘Rat’ means immersed in it, hence Bharat means a place where its people are immersed in devotion or knowledge.