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India has 30 per cent of the world's cattle. There are 26 distinctive breeds of cow in India. Here cows are everywhere! Because the cow is respected as a sacred animal, it's allowed to roam unharmed, and they are pretty used to the traffic and the rhythm of the city. So, you can see them roaming the streets in towns and cities, grazing unmindfully on the roadside grass verges and munching away vegetables thrown out by street sellers. Stray and homeless cows are also supported by temples, especially in southern India.

As opposed to the West, where the cow is widely considered as nothing better than walking hamburgers, in India, the cow is believed to be a symbol of the earth - because it gives so much yet asks nothing in return. They are guileless in their behavior and from them flow sacrifices... and milk and curds and butter. It acts as a surrogate mother by providing milk to human beings for the whole life.

The cow is sacred for many reasons. Find out the history and the religious significance of the holy cow. Read Full Article

Join the Discussion: Does it make any sense to consider cows as sacred?

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April 28, 2009 at 5:45 am
(1) Tilak Raj Sharma says:

Dear Sir,

The article on Cow is indeed very informative for all of us especially the young generation. It throws lights on the sacredness of cow as also its material benefits in form of cowdung, ghee etc. Therefore, we should initiate every reasonable step to save it on this planet.

With thanks and deep regards,

Tilak R Sharma

April 28, 2009 at 6:15 am
(2) Kodi.Prashanth.Vishwanath says:

Obviously COW is sacred, for the reason. Whenever we deliver speech to our youngers, they ask for the proof. This is the only live GOD which is to be shown to them. No wonders what others think, I and as well as the NATURE itself speaks, what is what.


July 27, 2010 at 3:15 am
(3) santosh says:

The gestation period of a cow is 285 days which is ~ equal to 9 months and the gestation period of human is 266 days, hence cow is mammal which keeps its young one as human do and also its milk being very thin similar to human milk is the only substitute to human young one if mother is unable to feed its milk and hence it is considered as second mother after real mother and hence cow is sacred like mother.

October 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(4) hodgi baba says:

the brown cow is most sacred for its ability producing most sacred milk. its beleived brown cow feeds on coco beans enabling the ability of producing the sweet an sacred chocolate milk.
first chocolate milk is beleived to durive from this way.

April 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm
(5) FlipDoubt says:

# 2 makes very little sense, I mean I get the gist, I’m hoping it was put through a translator. What about goats and other animals that produce milk? Are there other animals in India besides cows?

March 3, 2013 at 8:31 am
(6) O.o says:

Learn proper grammar, first of all. Second of all, I LOVE STEAKS!! Last, but not least, why do your people from India sell hot dogs and cheeseburger bites at 7-Eleven if the COW is SOOOO sacred to you??

December 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm
(7) Pete says:

Wow, 0.o, I have to say that the depth of your ignorance is absolutely astounding. Grammar? Over 300 different languages and you would be ignorant in all of them. I can tell how much of an expert you are on India and it’s diversity and people. I am sure that 0.o is your IQ score.

April 4, 2014 at 7:26 am
(8) Leo John says:

Respecting Cow is understandable but enforcing ban on Cow Slaughter is what other Indians called Talibinzation of India based on the views of the Majority. The free roaming Cows is a nuisance to an already chaotic Indian roads. Provide shelters for the roaming Cow. This is not 1st Century BC.

May 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm
(9) Kuldeep Chandra says:

Dear Sir,
Kindly obtain an article from Saint Gopal Mani of Uttarakhand on the significance and importance of cow and publish it in your journal. He has made an excellent research on socio-cultural, economic, pharmaceutical, psychic, and socio-religious aspects of venerating and preserving cows. He propagates worship of cow..
Kuldeep Chandra

May 21, 2014 at 12:36 am
(10) D. Singh says:

Santosh bhai, all you said it true but you’ve forgotten to mention that cows have the same amount of teeth as we do; 32 teeth.

May 21, 2014 at 12:43 am
(11) D. Singh says:

Santosh Bhai, sorry I made an error when typing, what I meant to say was, “all you said is true”.

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