of the cow forms the subject matter of an essay every
child in India gets to write in primary school. The
children are told that even in dying, the cow gives
us its hide which is prized for its softness. Besides
the leather, the cow also gives its horns and bones
and other parts of the body like intestines which have
various uses. However, there are other benefits of the
cow which are beyond the purvey of scientific scrutiny.
Sages tell us that no matter how advanced instrumentation
may become, man will never be able to unravel the subtlety
of the cow's qualities which are sung in the scriptures.
mutra which has a unique place in Ayurveda, the ancient
Indian system of medicine. Commenting on the chemistry
of gau mutra, Cow urine is used to produce a whole range
of ayurvedic drugs, especially to treat skin diseases
like eczema. Besides, gau mutra is a well known disinfectant.
Anti-septic property is also the attribute of cow dung
or gobar which is mixed with clay to form a plastering
medium for mud huts. It is a proven fact that mud huts
plastered with gobar keeps insects and reptiles away.
This is the reason why people in the countryside still
store grain in huge earthen pots plastered with gobar
and gau mutra to keep it free from insect manifestations.