majority religion in india is hindu.hindus regards cow as their mothergod(gomata).it is a ageold tradition to worship these gentle animals who give us milk till our land.cows are usually found at street places squares as livestock in rural indian homes in the wild and crossing the highways.
they are harmless and a part of indian cultural backdrop.dont disturb or ridicule them there is nothing to get afraid of them .infact at some places for a small fee of INR 5 you will be able to feed them fodder.
cows urine has medicinal properties and is used in religious functions for purification.in olden days cow dung used to be painted on floors of houses to keep away insects and cowdung pancakes incinerated to keep away mosquitoes.
so the cow is like a mother to all.
apart from this do not forget to take off ur shoes and keep them in ur bag when entering temples.PLEASE DO NOT SMOKE INSIDE TEMPLES if you a a foreign national pl do remember no one would like people smoking inside their place of worship anywhere in the world.
We saw several people using elephants as a means of transport during our stay in India. They are huge animals and tower above all other traffic. Although fairly slow moving, an elephant can carry a fair amount of weight.
Even the animals need to be clean. . .and they look to be enjoying bathtime! In that temperature and humidity, I must admit I was probably sorely tempted. . .
The photograph is just a roadside scene outside of Mysore.
We arrived in Mysore a week or so after Pongal, so there were coloured cows everywhere.
Named after a rice dish, Pongal is a Southern Indian celebration that begins on January 14 of each year and lasts for three days. On the first day, Pongal is offered to the rain gods for providing rain for the harvest. On the second day, pongal is offered to Surya (the sun). On the third day, families clean and decorate their cattle with flowers, bells and coloured powder. This day honours the cattle's hard work plowing the fields.
If you have to wait for a train at the station of any India’s big city, you won’t get bored if you like staring at the crowds, and following people’s activities. There’s always a rush and a push everywhere, people with huge parcels, bags, dressed in bright colours, families, groups… a colourful show.
On my travels through southern India I often came across bullock carts painted in vibant colours and patterns like this here
These colourful peddlers with their barrows piled high, offer all types of nuts, cashew peanut, dried peas, spicy and salted
Life goes on pretty much as it has for centuries in this part of the world, and seeing ox carts mingling with motor transport on the streets is not unusual.