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Holy Cows of Bangalore

Cattle are venerated within the Hindu religion of India. According to Vedic scriptures they are to be treated with the same respect 'as one's mother'. 

In Hinduism, the cow is a symbol of wealth, strength, abundance, selfless giving and a full Earthly life. 




In Bangalore, we can see very often men and women who take along with them decorated cows and bulls and visit homes where believers touch the cattle for good luck.














37 comments:

  1. Goodness, these are fancy cows! While you know I've loved seeing all the cows roam, without restriction, along the highways & byways of India, I've never seen them in their Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes. I like the idea of treating them with the "same respect as one's mother.". I will NOT let this thought deter me from having a VERY rare steak my first night home.

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    1. Cows for many Hindus are like the pets you have at home. They have a special bonding with the animal. Killing cows for meat can be gruesome for them just like killing a dog for meat can shock you.

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  2. Oh wow, they are fancy cows! I love the images, well done!

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    1. Hello, I am just stopping back to say thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  3. How elegant!! Wonderful photos. Thank you

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  4. Cows have always been a favorite animal of mine, and it's hard to beat that one! Beautiful!

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  5. I knew cows were sacred in some parts of India but not that they should be treated as a mother. These ones are beautifully adorned. Shows a lot of creativity to me.

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  6. Beautiful! knew cattle were sacred in some areas of the world, but I hadn't seen them decorated like this.

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  7. Beautiful shots! I love the colour and that first photo is just gorgeous. - Tasha

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  8. I absolutely love the elaborate head dress of the cow. I knew cows were venerated in the Hindu religion, but I'd never seen one dressed up. Happy OYGIF! #6

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  9. Thanks for the interesting explanations and super images! Kudos!

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  10. How incredible! I knew that cows were revered in the Hindu tradition but I didn't know about this. Beautiful! Yet another reason I love this link-up! I learn so much!

    Thank you for joining us for Photo Friday again this week!

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  11. The cows is beautiful adorned. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  12. One of the reasons I enjoy blogging, you learn so many new and interesting things.

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  13. Nicely decorated! The colors are brilliant and bright - I love that.
    Another feature I liked were the brass bells!
    Great find and lovely snaps!
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

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  14. Wow, what fabulously decorated cows. I really enjoyed seeing them and learning more about the holiness associated with them. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    Jann

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  15. These are beautiful photos! Thanks so much for sharing these :)

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  16. They look brilliant and colourful first time I have seen them like this :-)

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  17. Very VERY cool!
    Thanks for linking up these delightful shots at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/bennett-place-bit-of-history.html

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  18. Great photographs, Shiju, from a beautifully decorated cow!
    If you meet Satish, Vipin, Panindra or some other colleagues of mine in Bangalore, present my best compliments to them!! ;-)
    Regards from Germany, Uwe.

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  19. I bet that cow walks around thinking "I feel pretty, oh so pretty". Nice shots!

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  20. So decorated and obviously well looked after cows.

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  21. The animals look pretty thin, yet the decor makes them looks somehow healthy.

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  22. beautiful shots. details are great as well as the photo you took from above.

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  23. Beautiful, ornate and colorful!

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  24. Beautiful pics Shiju! So did you touch it? :)

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  25. Very nice serie, with beautiful colours. Well done!
    Found you on 'ourworldtuesdaymeme' (my contribution: http://stapjesonderweg.blogspot.be/2015/08/music-is-my-first-love.html)
    Enjoy life!
    Greetings from Belgium, Hilde

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  26. Stunning piece! Thanks for linking with us at Oh My Hearstie Girls Wordless Wednesday this week.

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