The cow is considered as one of the most secred animal in
India. Millions of hindus revere and worship it. The cow has
myriad qualities. The characteristic of the cow of providing
life supporting mix milk has elevated its status to the level
of a mother goddess. Therefore, the people respect it like
a maternal figure.
Cow as a provider:
The best characteristics of a cow is that it gives so much
yet demands nothing in return, as we know there are innumerable
dairy products made out of milk e.g. milk, butter, ghee,
curd sweets and what not. The cow dung is used in the making
of fertilizers that stimulate the farming process. It is
also saved to be used as a fuel and produce heat and electricity.
For many years, the bull was extremely imp for our lives.
The bull used in agriculture to tilt the land to produce
food grains, it is said that floured by the growing technology
we have forgotten the significance of the cow in our life.
Religious Significance of the Cow :
The holy cow also owes its significance to lord Krishna,
who spent whole childhood with cows (in Gokul near Mathura).
He is also addressed as govinda and gopala which means protectors
and friend of cows. Even the bull has immense value in the
hindu mythology. If cow is the mother, then the bull is
the father, the Nandi bull. It is believed was vehicle of
lord shiva and the gate keeper of the Shiv and Parvatii.
The north Indian temples are filled with the sculptures
and images of Nandi bull. On the other hand the “kamadhenu”
cow also has tremendous significance, she was miraculous
and gave her devotees whatever they desired. She is considered
to be the mother of all cows.
significance of the cow:
Yogurt, Butter milk, Organic milk, Ghee and other milk products
are not only nutritious but provide calcium and protein
and the tissues. Ghee and Cow dung used in “Yajnaa”
fire ceremonies complete the ritual but at the same time.
It helps to purify the air. Ayurveda also believes that
some diseases cannot be healed by medicines alone and they
propagate “panchamrit”, a drink that is supposed
to blessed to heal. It is ‘nectar of goods’
made of five items-Yogurt, ghee, honey, sugar and milk.
It is distributed at the end of religious ceremonies. It
is said the ‘panchamrit’ fills a person with
divine and heals him from within. Cow urine is used to prevent
many dangerous diseases like Cancer, Diabetes etc. Cow dung
is a disinfectant, hence used to prevent skin diseases.
It is also used in the decoration of old Kaccha Houses.
It keeps the house free from the Germs.
The cow plays such an important roles in our lives yet we
fail to acknowledge its significance. It is said our ‘Bapu’
Mahatma Gandhi became a vegetarian because the cows were
being ill treated. It is said that since the cows are harmless.
We have stopped caring about them. Its time, we came out
of our cocoons and started thinking about our real ‘care
takers’ it is imperative to save and maintain them
or the time is not far when they will be extinct. We cannot
undermine their importance. Just imagine the nutrition provided
by the cow and the condition of our crops in the absence
of cow dung!
It is time for action!
Let us come forward and volunteer for cow service. Cow service
is also considered to be sanctifying act!
Let us help with our body and soul. We can serve by working
in the cow shed “Gaushaala” or giving land for
cow ranging and cow rehabilitation whatever we fee! We should
save the cow, for our children, for humanity, the cow is
the symbol of the divine gift of the earth. Come , let’s