The importance of cows in India



In the Vedic period the immigration of the Indoaric shepherds (Indo-Aryan), had a special status in India. A myth recounts that Krishna, who is a symbol of divinity of the highest and ultimate existence or reincarnation, was given to a family of shepherds when he was born because of threat. He was raised by shepherds, milkmaids, also called Gopis and cows who fed him. The cow was resembled as a respectable mother. To the Hindu folk slaughter and murder is the same. Because of that one must honour, pray, maintain the cow and build homes for them. This will be meritorious for their next life. Cows are a giver of life and symbolize softness. They fulfil wishes and at funerals they are given away as presents.

the holy cow
The animal gives 5 holy products:
  1. Ghee (clarified butter) for meals and religious ceremonies
  2. dung (fuel, house-building, manure, insecticide, biogas production)
  3. urine (antiseptic and healing effect, sacral importance; every converted Hindu is splashed with urine)
  4. milk (many cows do not deliver milk, but some produce 6-7 litre/day; used for tea)
  5. Lasshi (yoghurt-drink)

Moreover, the cows eat the biological trash of the Indian streets.


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