Cows have held exceptional religious, social and economic significance in Indian society since ancient times. Even today, in several parts of India they are referred to as
Gau Mata - the mother. Since the vedic period, cows have been central to the life of Indians and a deep spiritual connection between man and cows has been highlighted throughout Indian literature.
There are numerous references in the Vedas, Purana and Ithihasa about the significance of cows. In today's context, when the world is looking at sustainable and self-reliant solutions,
cows can play a central role.
Krishi Parashara, which dates back to about 400 BCE, highlights the importance of producing manure from cow dung to achieve good yields, along with the process of preparation. Cow dung and urine form crucial bioresources for sustainable land management practices through production of compost soil, manure, biofertilizers and pesticides, completely eliminating the need for external inputs and relieving the farmers of the costs and environment of degradation, thereby maintaining ecological balance. Cow dung has the potential to enable self reliant energy production through Biogas for cooking and electricity generation.
Distilled cow urine finds extensive mention in Ayurvedic texts and use in the preparation of Ayurvedic medicines. Gomutra is called Amrita in Ayurveda referring to it as an elixir. The Susruta Samhita details the medicinal properties of distilled cow urine.
Community owned Goshalas in villages can help combat malnutrition in villages and become centers for rural livelihood and employment generation, through cow based products.
Anaadi Foundation has a small goshala and has currently implemented the following:
~ Biogas for cooking
~ Digestate for farming
~ Jeevamrutam with cowdun and cow-urine for agriculture
~ Panchagavya and Vermicompost for agriculture
~ Experimental cow-dung based bricks
~ Cow-dung based Wall plasters
~ Sacred ash- Vibhuti