Since ancient times, cows have been regarded as a symbol of wealth. Hindus, in particular, consider the cow as sacred and refer to it as gau mata (mother). In Hindu mythology, Krishna was a cowherd before he became a king. The people of India rely heavily on the crowd for tilling fields, dairy products like milk and cheese as well as cow dung as fertilizer and fuel. Here are some candid scenes from India featuring holy cows.