"Sarve Devaah Sthit Dehe
Sarv Devmaheyi gaoo"
The above Shlok means that
all the deities dwell in the body of a cow. Therefore the cow itself is as
holier as the deities. The cow symbolizes the dharma itself. It is said to
have stood steadily upon the earth with its four feet during the Sat Yug
(world's first age of truth), upon three feet during the Tretaa Yug (the
second stage of less than perfection), upon two feet during the Dwaapar
Yug (the third stage of dwindling and disappearing perfection) and only on
one leg during Kali Yug (the fourth and current age of decadence)
The name for cow in the Vedas is known asaghyna which means inviolable.
Another name of cow is "Ahi" which means not to be killed and another is "Aditi"
which means never to be cut into pieces.
It is believed that Brahmaa
created Braahman and cow the same day. Braahman to do worship and cow to
supply them the materials for worship.
In Hindu mythology, Kaamdhenu is a divine cow who is believed to be the
mother of all cows. Like her daughter Nandinee, she could grant any wish
for the true seeker. Kaamadhenu provided Vashishth with his needs for the
sacrifices. Kaamdhenu (kaam-dhenu, 'wish-cow'), was a miraculous cow of
plenty who could give her owner whatever he desired and in whatever
The cow stands for
prosperity - as does Lakshmee, the wife of Vishnu. Kaamdhenu is especially
associated with Braahman and their “wealth,” because she is the producer
of the milk and the clarified butter, the offerings traditionally placed
on the sacrificial fire.
Kaamdhenu, the sacred cow
which grants all wishes and desires, is an integral part of Hindu
mythology. This Divine cow, which lives in Swarg Lok (Heaven), emerged
from the ocean of milk (Ksheer Saagar) at the time of Saagar Manthan (the
great churning of the ocean by the gods (Sur) and demons (A-Sur). It was
presented to the seven sages by the Gods, and in course of time she came
into the possession of Sage Vashishth. The Surabhi cow descended from the
spiritual worlds. The direct descendants of the Surabhi cows are the
sacred cows from the continent India which are uniquely distinguished the
same as the Surabhi by the beautiful hump on their backs and the
wonderfully soft folds of skin under their necks.
Kaamdhenu's complexion is
like the white clouds. Every part of cow's body has a religious
significance. Its four legs symbolize the four Vedas, and its teats the
four Purushaarth. Its horns symbolize the gods, its face symbolize the sun
and the moon, its shoulders Agni (the god of fire), and its legs the
Kaamdhenu is also well-known
through its other five forms: Nandaa, Sunandaa, Surabhi, Susheelaa and
Krishn states in Geetaa: 10:
"dhenunaam asmi kaamadhuk" - "Among cows I am the Kaamaadhuk cow" "Kaamaadhuk
means Kaamdhenu the original wish fulfilling cow known as the Surabhi cows
- Anushaasan Parv of the Mahaabhaarat.
"One who gives in charity a
bull becomes famous even in Swarg."- The Mahaabhaarat
"One who donates a cow (or bull) becomes free from sin and achieves
liberation for himself and 14 generations of his family members". - The
“The cows are the mothers of all living beings and the givers of all
earthly pleasures.” - Atharv Ved
Cows are the mothers of all
creatures. Cows are verily the mothers of the 33 crores of Devta that
administrate creation in the material existence throughout all the
universes. Cows represent sacred acts themselves and without cows there
can be no performance of any sacred act. One should never show disrespect
for cows in any way nor should one feel any repugnance towards the urine
and dung of a cow because these things are also pure. Cows are also
fragrant. The wonderful scent of the amytis agallochum emanates from their
To teach by example, Krishn
and Balaraam showed us, how important is to protect, love and serve cows
and bulls. Krishn is known as Gopaal (protector of the Cows) or Govind
(one who gives pleasure to the Cows). Balaraam represents plowing the land
for agriculture and therefore always carries a plow in his hand, whereas
Krishn tends Cows with a flute in His hand. Thus the two brothers
represent Krishi-Rakshaa (protecting Bulls by engaging them in farming)
and Gau-Rakshaa (protecting the Cows). [Bhaagvat Puraan, 10:5:20]
Krishn says in Bhaagvat
Puraan, "I can be worshiped within the cows by offerings of grass and
other suitable grains and paraphernalia for the pleasure and health of the
Cows, and one may worship Me within the Vaishnav by offering loving
friendship to them and honoring them in all respects."
Importance of Cow
Cow urine has a unique place in Aayur Ved, the ancient Indian system of
medicine. Commenting on the chemistry of Gau Mootra - Cow urine is used to
produce a whole range of Aayurvedik drugs, especially to treat skin
diseases like eczema. Besides, Gau Mootra is a well known disinfectant.
Anti-septic property is also the attribute of Gobar (cow dung) which is
mixed with clay to form a plastering medium for mud huts. It is a proven
fact that mud huts plastered with Gobar keeps insects and reptiles away.
This is the reason why people in the countryside still store grain in huge
earthen pots plastered with Gobar and Gau Mootra to keep it free from
In Mahaabhaarat era Nakul
was known as the famous cow urine therapist. Indians believe that cow
urine enhances holiness and purity when spread in courtyard and home.
There is a need to refocus, in a creative enterprise, on cow as a source
of health, wealth and happiness. Cow urine is used in purification of many
strong poisons, sub poisons, metals, and sub metals, Ras, Mahaaras, and
astrologist stones. Poisonous materials become poisonless within 3 to 7
days if purified with it according to the Indian method.
Many useful elements have
been found in Cow Urine. Some of them are as below :
--Urea -Urea is a major element found in urine and is the end product of
protein metabolism. It is strong antibacterial agent.
--Uric acid -Uric acid is similar to Urea and has strong antibacterial
properties. In addition it helps to control cancer-causing substances.
--Minerals- Minerals from urine can be very easily reabsorbed as compared
to those derived from food. Urine probably contains more different types
of minerals than those derived from food. Urine becomes turbid if left
alone for a while This is because when enzyme present in urine dissolve
urea and change it into ammonia then urine becomes strongly alkaline
making it difficult to dissolve rich minerals. Therefore stale urine looks
turbid This does not mean that it has decayed. Urine with a higher
ammonical disorder content when applied to the skin plays an important
role in beautifying it.
--Urokinase : Dissolves blood clots, helps in curing heart diseases and
improves blood circulation.
--Epithelium growth factor : Helps, repair and regenerate damaged tissues
--Colony stimulating factor : It is effective for cell division and
--Growth hormone : Shows different bioactive effects such as promotion of
protein production, cartilage growth, fat decomposition.
--Erythropoetine : Promotes production of red blood cells..
--Gonadotropins : Promotes normalization of menstrual cycle and sperm
production Kallikrin: -Releases kallidin that expands peripheral veins and
reduce blood pressure.
--Tripsyn inhibitor : Effective for prevention and healing of muscular
--Allantoine : Heals wounds and tumors.
--Anti-cancer substance : Anti-neoplaston, H-11 beta-iodole- acetic acid,
directine, 3-methyl gloxal, etc. differ from chemotherapeutic drugs, which
kill or injure all kinds of cells. They strongly prevent the
multiplication of carcinogenic cells and return them to normal.
--Nitrogen - It is diuretic & stimulates kidney naturally.
--Sulphur -It increases intestinal peristalsis and purifies blood.
--Ammonia -It maintains integrity of body tissues and blood.
--Copper -It checks excessive deposition of fat.
--Iron -It maintains RBC counts in blood and stabilizes stamina.
--Phosphate -It has litlhotriptic action.
--Sodium -It purifies the blood and checks hyperacidity.
--Potassium -It is appetizer and climinates muscle fatigue.
--Mangnese -It is antibacterial and prevents gas gangrene.
--Carbolic Acid -It is antibacterial and prevents gas gangrene.
--Calcium -It purifies blood & provide nutrition to bones; helps in
coagulation of blood.
--Salts -Antibacterial, Prevents Comma, and kctoacidois.
--Vitamin A, B, C, D, E -They prevent excessive thirst, infuses vigor, and
--Lactose Sugar -Gives strength to heart, checks excessive thirst and
--Enzymes -Improve immunity, and promote the secretion of digestive
--Water -Controls the body temperature maintains the fluidity of blood.
--Hippuric Acid -Excrete toxins through the urine.
--Creatinine -It is antibacterial.
--Swama Kshar -Antibacterial, improves immunity, and acts as an antidote.
--Some hormones presents in 8-month pregnant cow which are very good for
In Chapter 1 of the Skand Puraan, Vishnu explains to Naarad as to how to
perform the Satyanaaraayan Poojaa - "The place of worship must be anointed
with cow dung first and then decorated with Rangolee (colorful designs
made with rice flour) of five colors, and a new cloth must be spread,
there after only the Poojaa can be done."
Its other uses are :
(1) Fuel - cow dung patties used for burning for cooking
(2) Fertilizer - composting makes it even more powerful
(3) Heat source - cow dung is naturally hot -compost makes hotter put in
glass house to heat glass house or run pipes thru it to get hot water.
(4) Purifier - natural antiseptic qualities
(5) Floor coating - used mixed with mud and water on floors in mud houses.
Improves water absorption of mud. Prevents muddy puddles resulting from
(6) Mud brick additive - improves resistance to disintegration
(7) Skin tonic - mixed with crushed neem leaves smeared on skin - good for
boils and heat rash
(8) Smoke producer - smoldering cow patties keep away mosquitoes. Can also
make smoked paneer over such smoke & Ash - from patties used in cooking.
(9) Pot cleaner - used dry absorbs oil and fat wet as a general cleaner
(10) Brass polisher - tamarind removes oxidation - wet ashes polishes
(11) Fertilizer - alkaline - cow dung ash is basically lime with a few
other mineral mixed in
(12) Mud additive - dries up slippery mud puddles
(13) Mud brick additive - mud and lime (cow dung ashes) becomes like
(14) Pond PH balancer - thrown into pond neutralizes acid.
(15) Tooth polish
(16) Seed protector - covering seeds in dung before planting helps to
protect against pests.
Shree Chaitanya Charitaamrit
Aadi Leelaa, ch 17 verse 166 Chaitanya Mahaaprabhu confirms:
"go-ange yata loma tata sahasra vatsara; go-vadhi raurav-madhye pace
Means cow killers and cow eaters are condemned to rot in
hell for as many thousands of years as there are for each hair on the body
of every cow they eat from.
Cows are superior to all
Yogee and ascetics and because of this liberated divine being perform
their austerities in the company and presence of cows.
When Surabhi cows first
manifested from the aroma of ambrosial nectar they performed severe
penance for 100,000 years for the purpose of acquiring the spiritual merit
to be the foremost of all things needed for the performance of Vaidik
rituals and ceremonies; thus only from cow milk exclusively is sanctified
ghee produced for the performance of Vaidik rituals. Whatever is produced
from any and all other types of milk is not authorized by Vaidik
scriptures and thus not being sanctioned by the Ved can never be used in
any Vaidik rituals or ceremonies. At the conclusion of the Surabhi cows
austerities Brahmaa himself appeared before them and granted their wishes
blessing them with the benediction that cows would eternally be the
sustainers of all creatures.
Parts of the
Cow Body and Devtaa in It
The various parts of the body of the cow in which the deities, the revered
sages, the various elements, are believed to dwell are given as follows:
(1) Two Horns of the Cow -The Creator 'Brahmaa'
(2) The Head of the Cow - The Deity 'Indra'
(3) Forehead of the Cow -The Deity 'Agni
(4) Collar of the Cow -The Deity 'Yam'
(5) Brain of the Cow -The Deity 'Moon'
(6) Upper Jaw of the Cow -The Highest world Dyu Lok
(7) Lower Jaw of the Cow - The Earth
(8) The Tongue - The Lightening
(9) The Teeth - The Deity 'Marut'
(10) The Throat - The 'Revatee' Constellation
(11) The Shoulder - The 'Krittikaa' Constellation
(12) Bones of the Shoulder - The Summer Season
(13) All the Organs of the Cow - The Deity 'Vaayu'
(14) The Heaven - The World to which cow belongs
(15) The Backbone - The Deity 'Rudra'
(16) In the Chest - The Eagle
(17) Is the Power and Strength of the Cow - The Space
(18) Hunch of the Cow - The Sage Brihashpati
(19) In the bones of the Chest - The Chhand by the name of Brihatee
(20) The Back - Angels and Fairies
(21) Bones of the Ribs - The Hostesses of the Angels & Fairies.
(22) The Shoulders - The Deity 'Varuna' and 'Mitra'
(23) The Forelegs - The Sage 'Twashtaa and the sage 'Aryamaa'
(24) The Hind legs - The Destroyer 'Lord Mahadeva'
(25) The Backside of the Cow - The wife of the Deity 'Indra' - Shachee
(26) The Tail - The Deity 'Vaayu'
(27) The Hairs of the Body - The Sage 'Pawamana'
(28) The Buttock - The Caste 'Brahmin' & The caste'Kshatriya'
(29) In the Thighs - The Strength of the Cow.
(30) Bones of the Knees - The Deity Sun and the Creator
(31) The Calf of the Cow - The Celestial Beings 'Gandharva'
(32) In the Smaller Bones - The Celestial Beings 'Apsara'
(33) Hooves of the Cow - The Mother of the Sun God, 'Aditi'
(34) In the Heart - The Mind
(35) In the Liver of the Cow - The Intelligence
(36) The Nerve By the Name Of 'Puritat' - The Religious Vow 'Vrata'
(37) The Belly - The Hunger
(38) In the Intestines - Goddess Saraswatee
(39) In the Internal Part of the Intestines - The Mountains
(40) In the Ovum - The sorrow (Manyu)
(41) In the Sense Organs - The Subjects or the People (Prajaa)
(42) In the Ovary - The River
(43) In the Breasts - The Deity 'Varun'
(44) In the Cells of the Breasts which produce milk - The Thundering
(45) In the Skin - The 'All-Pervasive power'
(46) In the Hairs of the Body of the Cow - Various Medicines
(47) In the Anus - The Heavenly and Celestial Beings 'Devagana'
(48) In the Intestine - The Man
(49) In the Stomach -The Celestial Being 'Yaksh'
(50) In the Kidney - The Anger
(51) In the Blood - The Demon or 'Raakshas'
(52) In the Appearance of The Cow - The Constellation
(53) In the Stomach - The Other living beings
(54) Is the Grossness - The sky
(55) In the Bone Marrow - The Death
(56) The Posture while sitting - Is Like Fire
(57) The posture while getting up - Is the Deity 'Ashwinee Kumaar'
(58) The Posture while standing and facing East - The Deity 'Indra'
(59) The Posture while standing and facing South - The Lord of Death 'Yam
(60) The Posture while standing and facing west - The Creator 'Brahma'
(61) The Posture while standing & facing North - The Sun God
(62) The Cow while Grazing - The Deity Moon
(63) The Cow while looking - The Deity Mitra
(64) The Posture of the Cow while turning back - Pure Joy