I am a practicing Hindu from Kerala, India. I and my parents are vegetarians. Hindus from my part of the country, however, (Kerala) do eat beef, excluding certain upper castes, pujaris (from all castes) and some Hindus who are vegetarian by choice. I am unaware as to whether this is because of the presence and influence of Communists/Marxists/Non-Hindus in Kerala or if this is actually a historic practice.

What do our smritis and shrutis have to say about gomaamsam (beef)? Is it tamo bhakshanam? Or is it left to personal/regional preference?

  • In my part of the country bengal , We say that there is destruction of dharma after eating beef . There is a reasn for that . The Reason is these four are always busy behind the protection and proper functioning of society . Brahmin , Gau , Vaidya , Bhagwan . Brahmans will do puja and ask for well being of others even if they dont have proper resources . similarly cows give milk even if they are not proper fed after giving milk . Cows are animals which give feed another species no other animal does that . killing itself is adharma .
    – Saronyo
    Commented Jul 14, 2019 at 12:25
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    Any meat is considered a tamsic / rajasic according to vaishnavites . Thats why vaishnavites brahmans dont eat it , because the purification of thought after eating it very difficult .
    – Saronyo
    Commented Jul 14, 2019 at 12:27
  • Eating beef has the same punishment as eating meat.
    – Wikash_
    Commented Jul 14, 2019 at 13:22


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