About Cow

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.

The 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.

Ayurvedic 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.

Conserve the cow:
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 save it!

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