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Why Cow is considered as GOD in Hinduism? [duplicate]

I want to know the reason why Cow is considered as GOD in Hinduism?
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The number of legs of creatures/animals

Yayati in his conversation with Ashtaka mentioned about two-legged, four-legged and six-legged animals. "Yayati answered, 'After falling from heaven, the being becometh a subtile substance living ...
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Is it okay to dispose a dog's dead body in the river?

My dog passed away last night and as far as the rituals in my family are concerned, we have to dispose the dead body into the river. But most of my relatives and friends are now saying we should have ...
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Way of beheading before consuming meat

In north part of India, I have observed, Hindus only eat meat of goat/chicken beheaded at once. They say it "jhatakA"; literal meaning "at once". Is this concept backed up by scriptures ? If not then ...
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What scriptures describe the Rishi Shalihotra cutting the wings off of horses?

The Ashva Shastra is a work of unknown authorship about the nature and proper care of horses. Now this chapter of the Ashva Shastra says that there used to be winged horses, but then Indra asked the ...
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Is killing of a scorpion or snake not himsa according to the scriptures?

In Srimad-Bhagavatam (7.9.14), we get modeta sādhur api vṛścika-sarpa-hatyā (..Even saintly persons take pleasure in the killing of a scorpion or a snake..) Gita on the other hand clearly ...
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Are the birds called chatakas and chakoras mentioned in our scriptures?

In 'Pravodha -sudhaakara' by Sankaracharya, we read as the empty sky fulfills the desires of the chaataka and chakora birds in the form of rain-water and moonlight, Sri Hari inspite of being beyond ...
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Where in the hindu sacred texts does it say animals do not create new karma?

Where in the hindu texts does it say that animals and the gods do not create new karma but only pay off karma?
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What scriptures describe these four types of living beings?

The Paratvadi Panchakam is a five-verse poem by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Nadadur Ammal In praise of the five types of manifestations of Vishnu described in the Pancharatra Agamas: Para, Vyuha, ...
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What is the source of this sloka which is prohibiting keeping pets at home?

I got the following sloka in Sri Sri Sitarama-Kathamrita, a collection of gospels of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath, by Kinkar Brahmanda (page 27): kukkuta-swana-marjaran poshayanti dinatrayam/ iha ...
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Are there any animal sacrifices specifically for Vishnu?

There are animal sacrifices for Indra, Vayu, Agni, Prajapati and Shiva, etc in the Vedas. For example, in the Ashvalayana Grihya Sutras: 1 1. Now the spit-ox (sacrificed to Rudra). In ...
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Does Tantrik, avaidik, or agamic animal sacrifice have any scriptural authority?

No one has done a Vedic animal sacrifice for hundreds of years, but the Shakta, Shaiva, and Vamachara traditions, especially in East India, are known to perform lots of avaidik animal sacrifices for ...
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Does Vishnu like animal sacrifices?

The Vedas are traditionally divided into two parts: Karma kanda and Jnana kanda. The Karma kanda consists of Yajnas involving animal sacrifice. Ancient Sri Vaishnava commentators and acharyas say that ...
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Do the Devas and Pitrs like eating meat?

The body of animals killed in Yajnas and Sraddhas go to the world of the Devas as well as the world of Pitrs. The Devas and Pitrs eat the flesh of the animals killed in the yajnas offered by humans. ...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

Manusmriti verses 5.41-42 say this: madhuparke ca yajñe ca pitṛdaivatakarmaṇi | atraiva paśavo hiṃsyā nānyatraityabravīn manuḥ || 41 || eṣvartheṣu paśūn hiṃsan vedatattvārthavid dvijaḥ | ...
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How are animals killed in the Soma Yajna?

In the Soma yajna, a few animals are killed (I think 3 different animals are killed). My question is, how are they killed? Through beheading, strangulation, etc? This answer says that the horse is ...
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Why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata?

To kill an animal is said to be a sin in the Sanatana Dharma. So, why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata? What is the justification for this action?
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Are dogs allowed in Lokas like Kailasha and Vaikuntha?

It is probably a well-known fact that dogs are not allowed in the heaven (Swarga). For e.g. the dog which accompanied Yudhishthira on his way to the heavens was denied entry in there. The Smritis ...
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What is the explanation given for souls who are currently living in animal bodies?

Do the animals have these bodies because of their past Karma? Or will they eventually progress into human and then higher forms and eventually seek liberation?
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Who is Vena, the possible inspiration for Phoenix?

While researching about the phoenix I came across this interesting website that says: The Phoenix is a unique bird, there may only exist one at a time, which ... legend of Phoenix, the same bird is ...
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Are any stories available for the sons of Sarama that serve Yama?

Sarama is the female dog that is mentioned in many Vedic verses as the helper of the gods and is especially associated with Indra. Her children are also mentioned in some verses as being assistants of ...
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Who is the divine horse Dadhikras mentioned in the Rigveda?

Rig Veda Book 4 has certain hymns dedicated to a Dadhikri/Dadhikras that talk about the great speed and agility of this divine horse: 1 FROM you two came the gifts in days aforetime which ...
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What is the moral stance towards milking of animals/cows?

The chief function of lactation is to provide nutrition and immune protection to the young after birth. Consuming milk of the mother (e.g., cow), meant for her offspring strikes to be a heinous deed. ...
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How many rebirths does a soul go through?

I heard that an Atma (soul) will take 7 births on the earth. Is it true? If it is true, then seven janma-s apply only for humans or animals or combinations of them?
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Do scriptures specify how animals should be killed during the sacrifice?

I think the horse in the Ashwamedha was killed with knives. The Somavajapeya involves suffocating the sacrificial animal if I am not mistaken.
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Do all species have soul?

There is a famous quote which is circulating online that according to Hinduism, soul transmigrates through 8.4 million or 84 lakh bodies before reaching human form. Now, if we remove 4 lakh human ...
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Are buffaloes sacred?

They don't seem to be since India exports buffalo-meat. But Mahisa has many positive connotations: 'f. a buffalo-cow, (grāmya-mahiṣī, a tame buffalo-cow); ‘powerfull woman,’ any woman of high rank, ...
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What are the rituals to be performed for a dead kitten at our house?

A 3 days kitten died in our house. We tried to bring her to life but failed. What type of rituals should we do? Are there any rituals to distribute salt among neighbours and like that?
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What is the main reason behind praying to animals like mice, monkeys and cows?

I'm a little confused as to why Hindus worship animals like mice, monkeys and cows. I have searched on the internet but I didn't find any answer.
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What was Swami Vivekananda's stance on animal sacrifices?

What was Swami Vivekananda's view on animal sacrifices? Did he support it or criticise it?
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Why was Yudhishtira accompanied by a dog during the ending stages of his life?

Is there any reason why a dog was chosen as Yudhishtira's. Is it mentioned in the Mahabharata?
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Do Hindu scriptures talk about how to handle conflicts between prescriptions in scripture and the secular law of the land?

Organizations like PETA seem to be working through the judicial system to end the practice of animal sacrifice. A recent example of this was a petition by another organization to end animal sacrifice ...
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Are animals depicted as talking in Rig Veda outside of mandala X?

In Ramayana, hanuman speaks chaste Sanskrit to Sita. Jambavan, jatayu et al are also able to talk. As far as I know this is a post-rigvedic development. An Indo-European parallel is Hector's horse ...
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Was/is there animal sacrifice at dakshineshwar?

Since it is a Kali temple, animal sacrifice probably does take place there. Did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa sanction it? How about Vivekananda?
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Did the influence of Jains reduce animal sacrifice in Hinduism?

In the Wikipedia article on Jainism and Hinduism, there is a section Vedic sacrifices which says following: The practice of Vedic animal sacrifices was opposed by Jains. Hemachandra, a Jain monk, ...
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Where did the notion that cows are sacred originate from? [duplicate]

Contemporary Hindus believe that cows are the most sacred animals and should not be eaten. There are even groups in North India that kill people who eat cows. However, many of the Dharma Shastras, ...
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Is there any story in scriptures about the origin of peacocks?

The Shalya Parva of Mahabharat while describing the gifts of different arms to Kartikeya mentions the following: Garuda gave him his favourite son, a peacock of beautiful feathers. Aruna gave him a ...
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What is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda?

What is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda? If no then only refrence other vedas and scriptures. UPDATE Is simha a word used for both tigers and lions in rig-veda and other ...
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Did lord Shri Ram, Laxman and Sita ever face dangerous wild animals during their exile in forests?

During lord Rama's exile period they killed many Asuras. And sometimes I assume that, In jungle or forest wild animals like lions, tigers,bears and others would also be present there. Did they ever ...
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Do Camel and Moose carry any significance when dreamt of, as per Hinduism?

Are Camel and Moose vahanas of any specific deity?
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Is it true that all animals and plants could talk in Satya Yug? then why not in Kaliyuga?

From Ramayana, we can know that there were some characters of monkeys or vanaras, Jambhavan, Hanuman etc associated with Lord Rama's job. Similarly like oceans and mountains, were also able to talk/...
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What is Śuka's birth-based varṇa? Is his biological mother literally a parrot or a human named Ghṛtācī or he had no mother at all?

The birth of Vyāsa's son, Śuka, is narrated in the Mahābhārata as follows. Bhishma said. 'The son of Satyavati having obtained this high boon from the great God, was one day employed in rubbing his ...
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Presence of therianthropes, chimera and other mythical creatures in Hinduism

What is the significance of therianthropes in Hinduism? It's a repeating theme common to all shamanistic religions. Can Narasimha the half man half lion avatar and makara be two examples of ...
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What is the role of dogs in Hinduism?

In Hinduism dogs have a great importance lord Kalabhairva's mount is a dog.can one features exactly the Importance of dogs in Hinduism and How are they even related to gods
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What is the importance of bull in the Vedas?

We all know about cow's importance in Vedas. If cow is called the mother then bull is the father. So what are some Vedic verses which glorify the bull? Even the Mahabharata gives importance to bull ...
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What do Vedas say about non-sacrificial killing of animals?

Do Vedas or any scripture say anything about any restrictions on non-sacrificial killing of animals? We all know about animal sacrifices which was later explained by scholars. But what about normal (...
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Is “cow” a concept or does it refer to just one species of milk-producing bovine animals?

3. The murderer of a Brāhmaṇ becomes consumptive, the killer of a cow becomes hump-backed and imbecile, the murderer of a virgin becomes leprous,--all three born as outcastes. The Garuda Purana, ...
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Which scriptures describe the concept of “Shadjanma Pashu”?

While reading the article "Ahimsha and Vegetarianism in Kashmir Shaivaism" on the Kamakotimandali, i came across the concept of "Shadjanma Pashu" ( Shad=six; Janma=birth; Pashu=an animal). It is ...
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Why Dattatreya is shown surrounded by 4 dogs and cow?

Simple google search with word "Dattatreya" shows many images of lord Dattatreya. but 1 important point to note is in most of those images, lord Dattatreya is shown surrounded by 4 dogs and cow. And ...
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Why do the Krodhavasas take away the merits of people with dogs?

When Indra comes to take Yuddhisthira to Swarga, the latter refuses to go without the dog who has been accompanying him all this while: "Yudhishthira said, ‘O thou of a 1,000 eyes. O thou that art ...