Candid pictures of holy cows in India

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.

A Hindu holy man with his decorated holy cow from Varanasi, India
A Hindu holy man with his decorated holy cow from Varanasi, India

 

Sculpture of Nandi ( bull ) in front of a Hindu temple, Bombay, India
Sculpture of Nandi ( bull ) in front of a Hindu temple, Bombay, India

 

Cow outside of a home in India
Cow outside of a home in India

 

Cows grazing near a temple in Hampi, India
Cows grazing near a temple in Hampi, India

 

Cow exiting from the porch of a home in Rajasthan, India
Cow exiting from the porch of a home in Rajasthan, India

 

Sacred cows at the door of a house in Rajasthan, India
Sacred cows at the door of a house in Rajasthan, India

 

A bedecked cow in Varanasi
A bedecked cow in Varanasi

 

Holy Cows

 

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