Not surprisingly, Dr. Nanditha Krishna, in her book, “Sacred Animals of India” devotes many pages to the cow, since the cow is an especially sacred animal in India, where all animals are sacred.
The cow is a symbol of “dharma.” Dharma, a very complex Hindu concept, is basically righteousness. It is the right way and the right path in life.
In difficult times on the earth, it is believed that the earth takes on the form of the cow in order to pray for help from heaven.
From the ancient Indus Valley, one of the earliest carvings is a bas relief of Pashupati, an early form of Shiva. Pashupati is the God of the animals, and “pashu” is “cow” in Sanskrit, and by extension, the word applies to all animals. In the carving, Pashupati is surrounded on all sides by animals. Another Sanskrit word for cow is…
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