Cow Protection


The Supreme Lord said:

The brahmanas, the cows and the defenseless creatures are my own body. Those whose faculty of judgment has been impaired by their own sin look upon these as distinct from me.

According to Brahma-samhita the defenseless creatures are cows, brahmanas, women, children and old men. The lord especially instructs, therefore, that no one should be envious of these-especially the cows and brahmanas. Guardians must take care of their respective dependents or be subjected to the punishment of yamaraja who is appointed by the lord to supervise the activities of sinful living creatures.

The Importance of Go Seva

gavam kunduyanam kuryat
gograsam gau pradaksinam
gosu nityam prasannasu
gopala pi prasidati

Workshop of the cow is accomplished by gently scratching her limbs, by offering a mouthful of green grass, and by circumambulating her. By pleasing the cow, Sri Gopala is also pleased. ( gautamiya Tantra )

Millions of devotees reside in the limbs of the cow. Sri Krsna's cowherd pastimes prove how important cow protection is for the devotees. Cows provide nourishment by offering milk, ghee, and other products. Owing to the great service that cows render they are considered to be mothers of human society.

Intelligent men understand the importance of pleasing Sri Gopala. Therefore, to raise cows and offer obeisances to them is considered a limb of Bhakti-devotion to Lord Krsna.

"Adopt-A-Cow And Come Closer to Krisna"

Cow Protection :

Cow Protection is the single and topmost important principle that can protect and save the whole world from all sorts of calamities and degradation. Simply by protecting the Cows all auspiciousness will be automatically achieved without any extraneous endeavor. This is because Cows are very dear one's to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna and to all the Brahmanas.

In scriptures it is said, namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca jagad-dhitaya krsnaya govindaya namo namah, "My Lord, You are the well-wisher of the Cows and the brahmanas, and You are the well-wisher of the entire human society and world." (Visnu Purana 1.19.65) Lord Krisnha, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the prime protector of brahminical culture and the Cow. Without knowing and respecting these pleasing personalities, one cannot realize the science of God, and without this knowledge, any welfare activities or humanitarian propaganda cannot be successful. SB 4.21.38 purport

The Importance of the Cow and Bull:

Bulls help us in the production of grains in the agricultural fields and Cow delivers the miracle food, Milk which can be further converted into varieties of forms like yogurt, butter and ghee to make varieties of highly nutritious food preparations. Cow's milk is so pure and divine that it is considered as AMRTA or NECTAR. So in scriptures Cow is considered to be one of our MOTHERS. Bulls give grains through tilling the land and useful in many other agricultural functions. So, they are considered as the MOTHER and the FATHER of human society. Both the Cow and Bull are symbols of Sacrifice to huma beings because even their dung and urine are of IMMENSE VALUE (medicinal, fuel, etc.) to human society.

The people in the present day society have forgotten that the Cow is the most important animal for human society. The Bull is the emblem of Dharma and Cow is the representative of the Earth. When the Bull and Cow are in a joyful mood, it is to be understood that the people of the world will also be in a joyful mood. There will be no peace and harmony in the world as long as people are inclined to kill their own father(Bull) and mother(Cow) in the form of Slaughter houses.


As a part of reviving the culture of COW CARE in Human society, we, ISKCON-TIRUPATI, are trying to establish a complete and wonderful environment for the cows thereby creating a homely atmosphere for the cows. Being in Tirupati Dham, It is responsibility of every individual to love and care for the cows because the Lord of Cows, Govinda is the presiding deity in this Dham. This Goshala has been successful in continuing and expanding its shelter to more than 500 cows. The Goshala was started under the thatched roof with only 10 cows in the beginning with minimum facilities. Due to the sincere endeavours made by the dedicated devotees to please Lord Krishna, now there are three goshala set-ups in three different places in and around Tirupati to take care of different variety breeds of Bulls,Cows and Cows. We have all the facilities for over all facilitation for all categories of cows. One of the unique Speciality with our Goshala is that we are raising natural breeds of Cows that are descending from the same heritage of original cows that are mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam and other scriptures. The natural breeds which we have are Punganoor breed, Geer breed, Ongole breed, Tarparka breed etc..,The Goshala provides loving shelter and care to all cows at all times throughout their lives. We have nearly 324 Cows, 175 Bulls, 90 Oxes and 125 calves in our three Goshala set-ups. However, its a big challenge to maintain so many Cows since only a small number of Cows give milk. Over and above maintenance, there is a great need for high pasturising land for cows to graze, dry grass, green grass, different powdered cereals, wheat husk, grains husk, etc., to keep the Cow in highly nourished condition. These Cows are never sold to any slaughter houses or abandoned even when they become old. They are maintained carefully till the end of their lives.

In this Goshala, we are trying to serve the Cows to the best of our capacity as much as possible. In this way, May Lord Govinda, the lover of Cows, be pleased with our small endeavours and shower His causeless mercy upon us. Only by His mercy, the society can move forward in the direction of Peace and Harmony in the world. Our humble attempts can be more effective if each and every person feels responsibility and the right of preserving the Cows from all ill ways.

Lord Krishna's Example:

To teach by example, the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna and Lord Balaram show us when They descend into this world, how important is to protect, love and serve Cows and Bulls. Krishna is known as Gopala (protector of the Cows) or Govinda (one who gives pleasure to the Cows). Lord Balaram represents plowing the land for agriculture and therefore always carries a plow in His hand, whereas Krishna tends Cows and therefore carries a flute in His hand. Thus the two brothers represent krisi-raksha (protecting Bulls by engaging them in farming) and go-raksha (protecting the Cows). 10.5.20 Purport

We Need Your Support:

Protection of Cows and Bulls is the prime responsibility of everyone. It is possible only when cultured, like-minded and pious-minded people. Come forward to actively support the cause by their words, actions and wealth. So, we request everyone to Serve the cows to the best of your capacities.