Some scriptures narrate that Kamdhenu emerged from the churning of the cosmic ocean, others describe her as the daughter of the creator god Daksha, and as the wife of the sage Kashyapa. Other scriptures narrate that Kamadhenu was in the possession of either Jamadagni or Vashista (both ancient sages), and that kings who tried to steal her from the sage ultimately faced dire consequences for their actions.
Kamadhenu is a miraculous cow which provides her owner whatever he desires and is often portrayed as the mother of other cattle as well as the eleven Rudras. All cows are venerated in Hinduism as the earthly embodiment of the Kamadhenu. Kamadhenu is honored by the veneration of cows in general throughout the observant Hindu population.