Why Are Cows Considered Sacred By Hindus ?
Cows Are Sacred Animal
In India, cow is called Gomatha (Mother Cow). It is the symbol of purity and virtue. The milk, urine, cow dung, are all sacred. To see a cow to begin the day with, is considered an auspicious omen. Legend says that Lord Krishna reared the cows. There are also many reasons on why Hindus consider the cows as a sacred animal. Hindus do not eat beef (meat of the cow).
The milk that we get from cow is called Amrutha (nectar), for the different properties of the drink. It is one of the most widely used ingredients of medicines and food supplements. Milk products like butter, cheese, curd, ghee (clarified butter), and yogurt are also part of our daily food.
All excreta are considered impure while a cow dung is treated as sacred and auspicious. While, this statement might make you laugh, please be aware that even science has approved that the only excreta emitting positive energy and devoid of foul smell is cow dung. Cow dung is an extremely good fertilizer (manure) for plants and trees. The dried cow dung can also be used to lit up fire for the purposes of heating, cooking, et cetera. In fact, rural areas in India, where people cannot afford gas stoves, microwave ovens, et cetera, still uses dried cow dung in their kitchens using clay stoves.
The dried cow dung is also called “varati” and it is used in prayers to do havan / homa, agni hotra, et cetera. The cow dung that is collected before it falls to the land is dried up with a mixture of herbs to create holy ash (udi / udhi / vibuthi) for prayer and pooja purposes.
The urine of the cow is called “komayam” and it often used as an ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines. The mixture of “komayam” and “varati” together with pure ghee can cure many skin diseases if applied on the skin. The urine of the cow is also used in poojas as well as it contains aura and energy cleansing properties. The practice of sprinkling “komayam” mixed with turmeric on a well cleaned house is still being applied today. This practice, is said to wholly clean the house. There many reasons given above are why Hindus, consider cow as a sacred animal.