Feeding the Cows
In JIVA Go:sala and Sitanagaram Go:sala cows, bulls, oxen and calves are offered three types of feed and fodder daily.
Dana is a kind of feed given in the morning around 6 AM. The contents of dana include thoor dal husk, rice bran, wheat husk, and cotton seed cake which are very nutritious and high in proteins. All the contents are mixed in required quantities in a tub and soaked in water the previous evening so that it will be ready to be fed the next morning.
Kutti is dry, chopped corn plants and it is offered to the cattle at 12 PM.
Fresh green fodder grass is offered to the cattle around 1 PM. The grass is chopped into small pieces with a chopping machine so that it is easy to eat and used efficiently with less wastage. This green fodder grass is grown in 10 acres of ashram land taken on lease for the sake of cattle and when we fall short of green fodder we purchase to feed the cows.
Apart from this feed and fodder, occasionally the cows are fed with jaggery or fresh vegetables donated by devotees.
Fresh drinking water is offered to cows two times a day, once around 10 AM in the morning and again around 5 PM in the evening. Currently drinking water is provided in their feeding tubs or buckets, however we started installing steel water bins (gangalas), 1 between every 2 cows, so that fresh drinking water will be available to the cows round the clock.
Presently serving 400+ cows in our Go:sa:las.
It costs Rs. 151/- per day per Go:ma:ta to feed the above mentioned 3 types of feed and fodder. Devotees may donate for the feed and fodder on a one-time basis, monthly basis, or yearly basis
Cleaning The Cows
Each and every cow is individually cleaned with plenty of water and thus creating a hygienic environment.
The cows are washed every day, or every other day when not possible every day, with water sprayer and brush so that the cows will be clean and healthy without diseases.
let out into the Sun since the cows like to be in the Sun to absorb Sun rays through their hump and suryakethu nadi on their backbone and produce Gold in their blood and milk. This is the reason why desi cow milk is slightly yellowish in color whereas Jersey milk is pure white in color.
- The dung will be removed from the go:sa:la throughout the day around 5 times so that the cows will be clean and feel comfortable.
- The go:sa:la concrete floor, the feeding tubs, and steel water drums will be cleaned with water once every day
- Once the cows are milked we spray Potassium Permanganate to clean and disinfect the udder in order to avoid bacterial diseases.
Milking The Cows
- The cows are milked manually 2 times a day, in the morning and evening. We only milk the cows that have excess milk beyond the needs of their calves.
- For those cows that do not have sufficient milk for their own calves, we make sure that their calves drink sufficient milk from other cows.
Cows Serve The Lord
Our go:ma:ta:s in the go:sa:la truly serve the Lord in various temple rituals and offerings.
Every day as the first ritual in the temple at 5:30 AM in the morning Lord Sri Rama Chandra (Peruma:l) is offered Viswaru:pa Darsana (aka Go:prushta Darsanam) with the help of a Go:ma:tha and her calf brought from the go:sa:la.
It is followed by Suprabha:tham prayer service service to wake up the Lord and Go:kshi:ra naivedhyam (cow milk offering to Lord) offered at 6:00 AM and then this Go:kshi:ra naivedhyam will be distributed to devotees as thirtham/thirth.
Again, every day at 7:30 PM in the night, Lord is offered E:ka:ntha Seva with go:kshi:ra:nnam ( sweet porridge made with rice and cow milk) and go:kshi:ram (cow milk) as the last upacha:ra seva (ritual offering) for the day before the temple is closed.
- Brahmotsavams, Adhyayanotsavams, Vasanthotsavams, Sarannavarathri Utsavams, Sree Yaagas performed in Sra:vana month of Vedic calendar.
We use cow milk for annapra:sana ritual of devotees’ kids performed at our temple.
We use go:mayam (cow dung) and go:panchakam (cow urine) in abhishekams and sama:srayanams.
The 5 important products from cow namely cow milk, cow yogurt, cow ghee, cow urine, and cow dung are called go:panchagavyas and we use them in yagnas, yagas, homa:s, havis, and almost in every religious activity.
Health Care For The Cows
- A team of veterinary doctors, some volunteers and some paid, attend the cows on a regular basis. We take their suggestions and services whenever needed.
We are using both Allopathy and Ayurveda to treat the cows depending on the nature of the problem.
We prune the horns of only those cows that are aggressive and may cause injuries to other cows.
Protecting cow is Nothing but protecting our Mother Earth itself