Food from Cow : From the start to end of a meal

A mother nursing her infant depends on cow’s milk for her own nourishment. A mother feeds her child for a year or two; then cow is lifelong refuge for us all. Cow feeds its own calf and spares plenty for us too.

Fig.1 Taste of India

Uses of cow products:

  1. Cow is accepted as divine.
  2. Day dawns with worship of cow.
  3. Worship and feeding of cow is part of daily rituals.
  4. Cow has precedence in festivals at home.
  5. There are several festivals where cow is prominent.
  6. Many temples have cow sheds at the entrance, enhancing the divine feelings.
  7. Traditionally we have used Panchagavya to cleanse and purify.
  8. God’s Deities are washed with milk, curd and ghee.
  9. For lighting holy lamp we use ghee. We also give offering of ghee to deities.
  10. Preparation of various offerings to the God use ghee and milk.
  11. Butter is used in decorating deities.