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Monday, November 3, 2008

My Neighbourhood Cow



This a cow that frequents my neighbourhood often. According to Hindu mythology, Cow is a sacred animal and is worshiped. Hindus refrain from eating cow meat. Since Hindu branch of medicine, the Ayurveda dictates that all that a cow produces, from its milk to its dung, has medicinal value, Cows are a revered specie. Women generally make an extra Roti (bread)to offer to the cow. And a portion of the food prepared during a puja (holy ritual) is also fed to the cow.

You can read more about cow protection and the reasons behind it here.

6 comments:

Mo said...

Although I'm not a vegetarian and I have to confess to eating a steak now and then, I do understand why a cow is sacred. Having grown up in a rural area you also get to learn just how intelligent cows are.

JM said...

I've seen many cows in cities all over Rajasthan, but never in Delhi, I guess...

nituscorner said...

Apart from having relegious symbolism , i find the cow one of the most beautiful animals created by God and one of the best features that i like are Her eyes. We don't get to see cows wandering on the roads in Shillong but when i go the the villages i often stand n stare and look on Her. Her gentleness speaks through her eyes. No wonder the saying goes "AS GENTLE AS A COW..."

Jazzy said...

that is a great post!
i like the story about the customs.

Kris said...

DO people milk it?

Priyanka Khot said...

Kris, only the cows that have outlived their milking days are left by the owners to wander off and fend for themselves. The economic conditions of the milk men is not sound enough to take care of the cows that do not yield any milk. Since killing the animal for leather or meat is against the Hindu practices, the owners just abandon them.

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