I was not aware that some Indian cows have gone extinct! There used to be over 100 types of Indian cow, but now are only 30-35.
The Brits came in and were like, “your cows are weak, ours are strong, so here take some!”. The Indian people liked the strong cows better and therefore Indian cow breeds starting dying out. Here in this small town in Karnataka they’re trying to help save some breeds.
Goupushti Mahayajna | Protecting the Indian Indigenous Cow
In India, cows are the “Mother of the Universe” aka Mother India because they give life via milk. They have cows from all over with labels above showing which type they are. They breed them to bring back breeds that are dying out. They have gotten 8.2 Crore signatures for the banning of all cow slaughter in India.
Just recently, beef was banned in Mumbai for “animal cruelty” reasons, but many believe it has more to do with religious, as other animals are still killed.
One big reason they want to keep their Indian cows around is because they believe the urine of the cows offers medicinal value (they even use it to make organic cosmetics).
“From the ancient times the panchagavya (milk, curd, ghee, urine, dung) was used in Ayurvedic treatments. These medicinal properties are seen only in cow products of Indian breed cows. Cows are useful to human beings in the field of agriculture, energy production, food & nutrition also. Indian economy is dependent on Indian breed cows. Indian breed cows are on the verge of extinction…”
So they are saving the cows and also selling the products from the cows. Not unusual, I know of people in Goa who drink a little cow urine for health reason (I guess…). To me, it’s a little to “Eastern medicine”. They have two cows from the Krishnaveni breed and they are the only place in the world to have this breed.
Reading through the pamphlet, some things these products are indicated for are:
Diabetes, hypertension, infection, heart problem, and mental disorders seems to be the hardcore ones, while there are lighter usages like hair toner, skin problems, and colds. Some items are used for scrubbing baths and cleaning floors. If you want to buy this and try at home, I think you’re an interesting/brave/crazy person and would love to hear if it works for you… the website is below.
- You can visit the website for more information and directions. The town is called Ramachandrapura
- Fee: there is no fee but you can donate, or pay 10 rs to feed the cows. I was here with my goMowgli tour as a back-up for another trip that was canceled due to traffic/riots as mentioned in a previous post.
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