Why is the Cow Sacred?
- What chose the cow?
- Why a cow and not another animal?
- How is the cow treated?Why?
In the Hindu religion cows are seen as sacred animals; but have you ever asked yourself why? Well there are many reasons to why a cow is sacred. One main reason is in the Hindu religion the status of mother is moved to goddess. That is why the cow is sacred it is the mother of the universe.
First, the cow is useful in many ways. For instance the cow produces dairy which allows you to have milk, cheese, butter, etc. Dairy is high in calcium and protein. Dairy is also the source of Oja which gives strength and immunity. Another example is the cow can help in the the fields by pulling the plough and also be useful for traveling goods. Finally, the cow produces dung which can be used for fuel and fertilizer. Cow dung can also be mixed with mud so then it can be plastered on the wall to withstand extreme cold and hot weathers.
Second, the cow has a main role in Hindu religion. For example some ceremonies use the cow as a center role. In the Yagna ceremony cow dung is burned to purify the air. In the Vedic ritual a healing drink is made called Panchamrit. Some ingredients used are milk, yogurt, ghee to make the Panchamrit. Another example is, the deities also use the cows or their purposes also. Lord Krishna grew up as a herder for the cows. Also when he plays his flute he would dance among the cows. Lord Shiva used the cows as his most trusted vehicle. The cow's name who pulled the wagon was Nandi, the sacred bull.
Finally, the cow is treated in many ways for being so superior to life for Hindus. For instance, the cow is put into the streets to forage for itself. That is why you can see many roaming freely cows in India. You can even see some cows in the busiest streets of Delphi and Mumbai. When these cows are in the streets some cows would be hand feed and pampered plus decorated. Another example is, cows are protected plus cared for in India. So if you kill a cow it is considered a sin. Killing a cow is also illegal in most states of india.
In conclusion, the cow provides many useful resources and plays a big role in the Hindu religion. The cow is protected and cared for in India. And is seen as a caretaker of her people. These are some reasons to why the cow is sacred in the Hindu religion.