Mai’s Travelog: India-Why Worship the Cows?

Cows are holy in India. They roam the streets of Bangalore and spend their days rummaging through garbage for something edible. The cows in the rural areas seem more well kept and in better conditions. Their body is much cleaner, fatter and often seen full of milk.

We were very fortunate to be in Tamil Nadu, India during the Pongal (harvest) festival to thank God for a bountiful harvest. It’s a three days celebration. On the third day is Maattu Pongal, honoring the cattles. Cows and bullocks are washed, decorated and worshipped, for their role in ensuring a good harvest.

I was curious to why the cows got selected to be the deity. So here is my answer….

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