In Vedic tradition, gau or dhenu (cow) is the loving mother of all beings and is Bhudevi, mother earth incarnate. Hindu scriptures extol the divine ‘kamadhenu’ wish-fulfilling cow goddess, and all cows on planet earth are earthly embodiments of her. All thirty-three crore gods reside in a cow and they are the refuge of all-auspiciousness, strength and abundance. They bestow all kinds of happiness, nourishment, prosperity and are ever worshipped. Every home, ashram, hermitage in Vedic times had the loving presence of cows, and gifting cows to Brahmanas, twice-born sages was the ultimate offering of wealth that brought huge punya, merits to people.
Cows are the fruit of all Vedic ceremonies because all sacred rituals are dependent on cow’s gifts such as ghee (clarified butter), which enrich the whole existence. All secretions from a cow, including cow urine and cow dung is sacred and great elixir for many ailments and diseases. It is customary for vedic homes and temples to coat the floors with gomaya, cow dung to purify environment and invite all divine energies.
- The Goshala at Nithyananda ashram nurtures
36 cows in white, brown and black colors.
- Cows are milked twice a day, providing the nectarine milk for temple and gurukul and the gomaya (cow dung) is used for making compost.