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Why are Cows Sacred in Hinduism?

In India, the cow is considered a sacred animal in the Hindu religion. She is revered, honored and respected and we all consider Cow as Mother. The Indian culture gives a special place to the mother cow.  The cow takes very less from us and gives us more. Thus, the cow has a prominent place in the life of human beings. Our entire life is dependent on the cow. Hindus consider the cow as their mother and the reason is the birth-giving mother gives milk to its child only for one or two years, but the mother cow gives milk throughout her life. 

Why are cows sacred in Hinduism

As per the Vedas or Purana, Cows are the mother of the universe.  All-important Gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Saraswathi, Parvati, Lakshmi, etc. reside inside the body of the cow.  Due to this, Cows are sacred & auspicious.

•  In the old times, cows had an important role in yajna. Yajna is the ritual performed by the priests to make God Happy and in Yajna, Brahmins offered the ahuti to the Gods. Yajna is the born of action and happening of rain possible after doing yajna. Food is produced from rain and the existence of life is possible due to the food only. The Yajna depend upon the cows as the havishya (food which is used as offering to the Gods) offered to God is produced through the agriculture with the help of cow species.  The Brahmanas also purify themselves before the yajna by taking the mixture of cow milk, cow curd, cow ghee, cow urine, and cow dung, etc. It destroys all the sins and the place of yajna is also purified by spreading urine & dungs of Cow.

•  The next reason for considering the cow as a sacred animal in Hinduism is the high-value products that we are getting from Cow. We are getting Milk from Mother Cow and there are several ways to use that milk. It can be transformed into yogurt, ghee, and buttermilk. Not only the milk but also the Cow Dung and the Cow Urine are useful as well. The cow dung is used as fertilizer for crop and fuel for cooking the food. The cow urine is very useful for the medical purpose and it has anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.

But the situation is not the same in the current time.  The human has become selfish and for the benefits of himself, he starts the torturing of cows.

Several examples of torturing Cows are as follows.

•  Have you ever seen the Indian dairy custom phookan that is illegal by law but it is practiced on thousands of cows daily? A stick is poked into her uterus that causes severe pain in the belief that this stress will lead to a gush of more milk in the udder.

•  In some farms, farmers give injections to the cows or buffaloes so that they will produce much more milk than they would naturally.

•  When the milk production of cows decreases after a few years, the mother cows are killed and their flesh & skin is sold.

•  Cows roam here & there for the searching of foods and the search of food ends when the cow reach to any land filled with garbage.  Cows eat plastic, metal and several other injurious materials lying in the dump yard. It is one of the prime factors for the death of Cows.

Hinduism Cow

•  We have found cattle being branded by the owners so they can identify them. After finishing the milking, the dairy owners allow the cattle to roam on the streets, where they eat garbage and come under the wheels of vehicles.

•  Oxytocin is given to ease labor in women and when given to cows, it affects their uterus. It does not make the total output more but just makes the milk gush out faster. “Basically, the cows go through labor pains twice a day.


The cows are the cause of everlasting nourishment and foundation of prosperity. So, we should protect her and work for the welfare of the cows.

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