| The Gopashtami mela held at Goshala ground. Picture by UB Photos |
Nov. 21: Cows will not only provide milk but also their urine, albeit in distilled form.
The Shree Gauhati Gaushala at Aathgaon has decided to produce gomutra ark — a medicine made out of bovine urine.
Members of the gaushala (cowshed) today told this correspondent that at least 1,000 bottles of gomutra ark, each bottle containing 400 ml, are imported to the city every year from different parts of the country to cater to the needs of its residents. To stop import, the gaushala has decided to produce gomutra ark.
“We are taking steps to produce gomutra ark. Very soon its production will be started,” said Rampal Sikaria, secretary of Shree Gauhati Gaushala. “We do not waste even cow dung. We made organic fertiliser out of it. We also prepare pesticides from urine of cows,” Sikaria said.
Ayurveda recommends gomutra ark to help lower cholesterol levels and reduce body fat. According to Ayurveda, it boosts the immune system, serves as a complete detoxifier and is a health-promoting anti-oxidant.
Gomutra ark is prepared by boiling cow urine in an iron pot to which a vapour condensing device is attached.
At present, the gaushala produces 150 tonnes of fertilisers and 2,000 litres of pesticides every month which are supplied to cultivators. The gaushala has now 1,400 cows, including 300 cows that produce milk and 500 calves and heifers.
Shree Gauhati Gaushala was established at Athgaon, on February 23, 1916, on a plot of land measuring 25 bighas. It was donated by Hukmichandji Ramkrikhdasji Ajitsaria. Since its inception, the gaushala has been organising Gopastami mela (fair) every year in a big way for two days. Thousands of people visit the gaushala to worship cows and enjoy the fair. Hundreds of food stalls are put up in the fair to turn it into a grand feasting venue.
This year’s Gopastami mela, which began yesterday, came to an end today. Thousands of devotees visited the gaushala, gave elephant grass to the cows, prayed for the well-being of their families and enjoyed various food items at the mela.
“On this day Lord Krishna worshipped cows. Gopastami mela is organised to recall that day,” said Ram Niranjan Goenka, member of the gaushala and president of Fancy Bazar Sahitya Sabha.