Goshala or Cow Ranch
What is a Goshala or Cow Ranch?
The term Goshala is a combination of two words: ‘Go’ (pronounced ‘gau’) means cow, and ‘shala’ means shelter.
Until recent times, every village in India had a goshala and even today every villager keeps at least one cow, if he can afford it. Pebbles II revives this ancient Indian tradition and culture for the present and future generations by planning to have a Goshala with at least five cows.
It is expected that the fodder for the cows will come from the green vegetables and fruit remains from the kitchens of the households.
This practice will not only reduce the green consumables that would otherwise go into the garbage system but will also instill the habit of respect and service to the nature.
What is the importance of Goshala?
The Cow is worshipped and highly respected in the Indian culture. This can very much be comprehended from the description of cows as having divine nature, as the abode of all the gods and goddesses and as the highly respectable holy mother of the Lord Krishna.
The cow is holy and worth worshiping and worthy to be served. Even the God takes several incarnations in the form of Shri Ram and Shri Krishna in order to foster and serve the cows. God loves them who serve the cow.
Krishna says in Srimad Bhagavatam,
“I can be worshiped within the Cows by offerings of grass and other suitable grains and paraphernalia for the pleasure and health of the Cow”
-Shree Bhagvatgeeta 11.11.43