Sri Gokulam Goshala
The Sanskrit word ‘Gau’ can mean both rays of the sun and earth. The cows act as a mediator for transferring the seven colours and minerals from the sun’s rays and transmit them into our world, thereby charging our atmosphere with good energy. The essence of all its goodness is reaped by us in the form of milk and its products, dung and urine. This is the reason behind connecting the cows with everything holy or divine.
Sri Gokulam Goshala is located on the banks of river Kaveri, in the holy town of Govindapuram. It is built on 20 acres of land and shelters more than 500 cows. A nearby region is used to grow a special variety of grass, specifically for these cows. This special fodder helps in maintaining the general health of the cows and also improves the milk yield. Another Goshala is also being erected in the vicinity to house more cows and to provide better infrastructure.
The cows that are sheltered and maintained at Sri Gokulam Goshala are quite special. These are cows that were brought from Dwaraka in Gujarat and Sri Brindavan in Uttar Pradesh. These cows are the descendants of the cows grazed by Sri Krishna Himself. The breeds of cows currently at Sri Gokulam Goshala are predominantly the Indian varieties. This Indian breed’s milk, dung and urine is considered and proven to cure a host of diseases. To protect this dying breed that cannot be found anywhere other than India, the Indian cows are bred only with Indian bulls. Each cow has also been proven to emit a positive aura for 10m around itself.
The cows at Sri Gokulam Goshala are given utmost attention and are maintained according to the directions of care prescribed in the Puranas and Dharma Shastras. The infrastructure of Sri Gokulam Goshala is built with the required sophistication, keeping the comfort and hygiene of the cows as the primary priority. It is specially equipped with fully functional fans and water sprinklers to maintain the most comfortable temperature even during a hot and humid climate. Veterinary doctors are made available 24/7 with in the premises to ensure the wellness of all cows.
Sri Gokulam Goshala is maintained by workers who have come from Orissa. The workers look upon this work as a seva and perform their duties with sincere commitment and devotion. Their day starts early, after their prayers to the cows. The Goshala is kept so clean that one can sit down and eat there. After a tiring day, they perform bhajans at the Goshala and end their day's duties. They do not do this for any commercial purpose or because someone tells them to. This is done out of their devotion towards the cows. People interested in extending their support to these workers may send in their contributions to the following account.
Sri Gokulam Goshala’s fundamental ethic is to perform this act as a seva and not for commercial purposes. Go Samrakshanam is the only motive behind the whole process. Keeping that in mind, the milking of the cows is done only after the calves have had their fill. This milk is not sold for money. Instead, milk and curds left over after domestic usage is given away to nearby Veda Paatashaalas and Dharma Sthapanas free of cost. The ghee procured, is given to Agnihotris for performing a specific Vedic ritual called ‘Ishti’. Buttermilk is given to the public in large quantities. Aged cows are not abandoned but are instead treated with the same care as the milk yielding ones.