Sacred Cows & Holy Crap

with 11 Comments

 

It’s widely known that cows are sacred in Hinduism but did you ever wonder why? In the Hindu faith, cows are considered to be generously bountiful. They represent life as well as the Earth and are regarded as ever-giving providers and nurturers of all creatures.

A popular misconception is that cows are worshiped by Hindus but this is simply not the case. Hindus do, however, adore, honor and have great respect for cows (which is why it is forbidden to kill and eat them in India). It’s not uncommon to see cows adorned with flowers, bells and even decorated with colorful splashes of paint.

 

P1040338

 

When visiting India, it does take some time getting used to not only seeing cows just about everywhere but also skillfully manoeuvering around them. Simply put – cows rule. They rule the narrow alleyways where there’s barely enough space for one person let alone a cow, they rule the busy streets with cars (not so) carefully avoiding them. And they’re surprisingly very agile – steep stairs are no match for a cow no matter how much it weighs.

We were told that all the cows have owners – they’re not just randomly wandering the streets left to their own demise (although it certainly seems that way). I was a little confused by this seeing that most of the cows living in urban settings were rummaging through piles of garbage to feed themselves.

One of the big issues with cows roaming freely in the streets is that the¬†streets are littered with their “activity” if you know what I mean. And cow “activity” is really big and really messy – it could literally project itself at any given moment! So while trying to appreciate the surroundings, we also spent a lot of time actually looking at the ground trying to avoid puddles of holy crap. For the most part we did avoid stepping into any cow business….notice I wrote for the most part.

That being said, I did find cows to be very photogenic and I enjoyed taking pictures of them in amusing and unexpected places. Here are a few of the sacred cows of India.

 

P1030711
These cows were actually trying to get into this shop!

P1030466

 

11002641_10153152888507853_6289884312334400315_n

 

10945409_10153191743672853_7491722697496010232_n

 

10408160_10153173287242853_1256057670627862614_n
Can you see the fear on my face?

156058_10153173348972853_7360837207706707885_n

 

11051740_10153183385732853_5948880948354547488_n

 

P1040403
Cows getting pampered in the Ganges (the same place people bathe in……)
 

Read all about my travels in India!

 

www-lifeuntraveled-com

 

Enjoyed this post? Please pin it!

 

sacred-cows

 

What are your thoughts on the sacred cows of India? Do you have any interesting encounters to share? 

 

NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP
Travel & design inspirations straight to your inbox. Subscribe to my newsletter & never miss a post!
No spamming. Your email address will not be sold or shared.