India is all set to set up its first cow sanctuary in the heart of the country. The sanctuary which will be established by the government will be situated in the Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh.
The cow shelter will be inaugurated on Wednesday by the chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board, Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri and RSS Kshetra Sanghachalak Ashok Soni. 11 cows will be worshipped on the occasion of the inauguration.
‘Kamdhenu Gau Abhyaranya’ as the sanctuary is called has been developed by the Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board in Salaria village which is 50 km from the district headquarters.
The area of the sanctuary is approximately 472 hectares and has the facility to house 6,000 cows. Around Rs. 32 crores were spent to build the cow sanctuary. The Samvarddhan Board operates 600 registered gaushalas in the state of MP and 1.4 lakh bovines are tend to.
Comparing a gaushala to the Gangotri stream which eventually shapes up into Ganga, Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri said that their little effort has now gone to become Asia’s first cow sanctuary. “We had to face many challenges in establishing it, but we overcame them and now it is ready to serve”, he said.
He also added that cows could play a crucial role in the strengthening the economy of the country and would give a tough competitions to major economies like US.
Information source: hindustantimes
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