The Indian cow has pivotal place in the social, economical, political and spiritual spheres of Indian civilization. It is playing a key role in the economic development in India since ancient time. Vedic Literature says ‘Gou Sarve Sukhprada’ which implies cow gives all pleasure to human beings-wealth as well as health. Indian agriculture, health, hygiene and environment have been largely dependent on cow for thousands of years.
A gaushala is an integral part of an ashram. Sri Sri Gaushala was set up with the aim of preserving pure breeds. From more than a hundred varieties of cows in India there are now only 30 varieties. The Gaushala houses over a thousand indigenous desi cows of different breeds such as the Ongol from Andhra Pradesh, Kangayam from Tamil-Nadu, the Gir from Gujarat and the Sahiwal from Punjab.
There is implicit truth in what the ancient Indian texts say: ‘If the cow is kept happy, the land is prosperous and the people are happy.’ It is a chain reaction. That’s ancient wisdom and Sri Sri Gaushala is making this wisdom a reality.
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