Desi cattle has been a part of Indian lifestyle since ages unknown. It has helped mankind in farms to plough, on roads to carry loads, at home with milk and with urine & cow dung for several other uses in day to day life. Desi cow is not only looked upon as a source of benefit but also considered as a family member and revered with a motherly status & often called “Gau Mata”.
Indian history is also full of stories that underline the importance of cow. Gopal (One who guards cows), one of many names given to Lord Krishna in his childhood days. He was called so as he used to take special care of his cattle while he took them for grazing. Shri Krishna, though a Kshatriya by birth, spent his childhood at Raja Nand’s household, who was a king of dairy farmers. Eventually when he grew up and revealed his true identity after killing Kansa, he took Cow protection to next level by by turning himself into Gau-Sevak.
The message given by Shri Krishna is even more relevant today...
“Humans need cows more than cows need humans. Cows need to be protected for humans to survive.”
At Govigyan, we believe in this philosophy. Around 2 decades back,we started our journey towards unearthing different benefits of desi cow for mankind. Our research further endorses the greatness bestowed on desi cow by our ancestors and further underlines the importance of it to develop a great nation.
Benefits of Desi Cow :
Milk: Cow milk touches practically all aspects of life. Men or women, kids or adults, rural or urban, milk is a wholesome food for all. It reduces acidity, increases immunity and sharpens the brain. Cow milk forms a base for many ayurvedic medicines. Desi Cow milk is A2 Type milk that helps fight diabetes in infants and adults. Many more products like curd, buttermilk, butter & clear butter (Ghee) are made from cow milk. These products have high medicinal & nutritional values.
Cow Urine (Go Mutra): Urine of any animal is discarded as a waste product but when it comes to cow its exact opposite. It's a boon to all mankind and farmers in particular. Cow urine is used to produce organic & natural fertilizers, insect repellents and other products in farming. It is not just used for external purposes alone but highly beneficial if consumed by humans. It has high medicinal value and is considered as a super medicine. Our scientists at GoVigyan have conducted an extensive research on indigenous cow urine and have proven its anti-cancerous properties. Govigyan proudly holds a US, China & India Patent on desi cow urine as an anticancer drug.
Cow Dung (Go May): Another cow excreta which has value of gold equal to its weight for farmers. Ancient scriptures mention “Gomay Vasate Lakshmi” literally meaning Lakshmi - Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity dwells in Cow Dung. Dung or Gobar - as called in Hindi has high micro-organismic value. This is helpful to increase fertility and productivity of soil. Cow Dung Compost is a natural fertilizer and many other organic fertilizers can be made from cow dung. Cow dung is deemed fit for consumption by humans and is part of many ayurvedic medicines.
Panchagavya (5 Cow Products): Milk, curd, go ghrut(Ghee), gomutra, gomay form a Holi union of panchagavya ayurvedic medicine. These when mixed in different measures and with different other components form a range of medicines. These medicines have proved to be effective to address a lot of medical problems. They have reportedly cured many chronic ailments and are the only alternatives to modern medical sciences. These medicines do not cost much dent to the pocket as they are made from all cow based products those are easily available.
Farming: As we saw earlier cow with its urine & dung is very helpful for farmers. Similarly bulls of Indian breed are also essential for farmers. Indian bulls are supposed to be hard and long working animals as they can work for long hours without food and water. They possess good heat adaptability and water holding capacity. This helps farmers to employ them for various agricultural needs. They are coupled with carts and used for transportation purposes.
Environment: Our research has shown that cow based organic farming has increased the productivity of soil by many folds. It is now possible for farmers to take diverse crops without corrupting the land with chemicals and dangerous poisonous substances. It has led for a better bio-diverse environment in and around fields. It is also seen that the water table in the area also increases when organic fertilizers and insecticides are used in agricultural methods.
A strong nation is built with the food it eats. It is responsibility of every farmer in India to provide healthy and poison free food to all citizens. The only way possible for these farmers to produce poison free food is to lead cow based organic way of life. We as consumers and farm producers should support cow based organic farming in all possible ways.