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Is there any scriptural opposition to humane animal slaughter?

Note that I'm not talking about general ethics - I mean only from a religious scriptural perspective. To give you full context on why I have this question: Because cow slaughter is banned in many ...
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Do Hindus worship cows in some way?

I've read that Hinduism respects cows since they are considered to have holy Gods. I was curious to know if Hindus also worship cows in some way? I'm really ignorant in this theme, so I'd like to ...
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As a Hindu, can I feed other people beef?

I am a volunteer who helps feed elderly and disabled people. They choose their meal from the cafeteria, and I feed it to them. My role (which I recently began) has led me to a dilemma. As a Hindu, I ...
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Does any manuscript provide guidance about what to do with spent up cows

The beauty of our sanatan is that we worship the nature. Cow worship is just an example of it. But now a days, after a cow becomes spent up, ( when the cow is not fit for breeding anymore) they're ...
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Does Muṇḍamālā Tantra permit cow sacrifices for Goddess Mātaṅgī?

In the sixth verse of this stotra dedicated to Goddess Mātaṅgī from the Muṇḍamālā Tantra, there seems to be a provision for cow sacrifices: rAtrau pUjA baliyutAM gomAMsa rudhirapriyAm | nAnA.ala~...
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Does the Vedic Sanatana dharma endorse the view that a cow deserves to be worshipped as the mother of humanity? [duplicate]

I've heard by the Vedic view, the birth as a human follows numerous births as beasts. A cow is a beast. Can a cow deserve the respect as the Mother of humanity? What's the True Vedic stance on this ...
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Are only Indian cows sacred?

Scriptures seem to indicate all cows irrespective of their species to be sacred but I have heard about some traditionalists' claims that only Indian cows are sacred. Is there any scriptural support of ...
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Could someone translate these verses from Brahma Vaivarta Puranam, please?

Do these verses mention about cow slaughter? Please translate it completely. Thank you.
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Is eating bovine gelatin a crime in Hinduism?

Many pharmaceutical medicine have bovine gelatin as an ingredient. Bovine Gelatin is a protein product produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen, a protein material, extracted from animal tissue ...
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Repentance or atonement for killing a cow or eating beef

Some observations: In a particular society in India, the repentance for consuming beef is that the "sinner" must put on the rope around his/her neck (i.e. the rope wound around a cow's neck)...
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Did Hindu people eat the meat of Bulls and Oxen, but not the Cows?

Did the Hindu people eat the meat of Bulls and Oxen, but not the cows?
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Is it allowed to use milk of a non-Indian breed cows in my vrata?

There are several vratas in Hinduism that involves cow milk. If I want to do a vrat that needs cow milk then is it mandatory that I need to use the milk of a cow that is of Indian breed? Now-a-days ...
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Karma accumulation by violence against cows

Does killing a cow accumulate karmas equivalent to suffering those many lives equivalent to the number of hairs on the cow? (Hairs on a typical cow are millions/trillions in numbers) Is there any ...
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Can a sacred cow transmit shaktipat?

Can a sacred cow transmit shaktipat or only humans can do it? If so, another animals can do it?
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Did Rantideva kill cows and cook in his kitchen to feed the hungry?

I was listening to Mahabharata audio podcasts. My doubt was when Rishi Kaushika met the butcher in Mithila nagara, did the butcher mention that king Rantideva also killed many animals including cows ...
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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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Does Tantra say cow is sacred animal?

In Tantra, is there any mention of "cows being sacred"? Also, does Kaulācāra Tantra explicitly talk about it?
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Who are these women mentioned in the Hiranyakeshin Grihya sutras?

While I was searching about cows in the Vedas and Grihya sutras, I came across a mantra from Vajasaneyi Samhita of Shukla Yajurveda. This mantra is chanted by the bridegroom during the madhuparka ...
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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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"Cows are sacred" & at the same time "It's only a sinful soul which gets born as an animal" - How to deal with this apparent contradiction?

On one hand we have the cows considered as the most sacred in the scriptures. All deities, pilgrimages, Rishis are said to be found in it's body. Giving it pain is considered as an offence. Killing ...
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Cremation rituals for cows after death?

Since cow is one of the sacred animals in Hinduism, are there any cremation rituals that need to be followed when a cow dies? If yes, what is the exact process?
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What is the significance of Gomutra? [duplicate]

I watch 2 videos on YouTube: One video showing lots of the benefits of drinking Gomutra (Link 1), In the second video, Showing Gomutra should not be drinking (Link 2). My Question: Should the ...
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What does Hinduism say about castrating bulls?

Farmers sometimes castrate some bulls so that they aren't aggressive and that they don't reproduce. Are there any Hindu scriptures that discuss this practice, like if it's sinful or not?
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Any other slokas suggesting drinking of cow urine

The following statement from Section 81, Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata suggests to drink cow urine "Vyasa said, ... One should for three days drink the hot urine of the cow..." In addition to ...
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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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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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Are there any references to domestication of cattle in Hindu scriptures?

The indicine line of cattle were domesticated approximately 10,500 years ago, far later than mesolithic religions, that may have left it's traces in Hinduism.
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Manu 3.271 - Which translators/commentators interpret 'gavyena' as beef (cow meat)?

I shall now fully describe what offering-material, on being offered to the Pitṛs, according to role, serves for a long time, and for eternity.—(266) By the proper offering of sesamum, rice ...
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Why is food smelt by a cow impure when cow's dung and urine is used for purification rites?

Manu-smṛti 5.123: पक्षिजग्धं गवा घ्रातमवधूतमवक्षुतम् । दूषितं केशकीटैश्च मृत्प्रक्षेपेण शुध्यति ॥ १२३ ॥ pakṣijagdhaṃ gavā ghrātamavadhūtamavakṣutam | dūṣitaṃ keśakīṭaiśca ...
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Is the practice of killing a cow for a guest (गोघ्न | goghna) still followed?

The footnotes of this translation of Āpastaṃba Dharmasūtra says: Manu III, 119 and 120; Yājñ. I, 110;: Weber, Ind. Stud. X, 125. A guest is also called goghna, 'cow-killer,' because formerly a cow ...
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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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Who should be responsible to protect the Cows from various atrocities? [duplicate]

Cow is considered the most sacred animals constituting various deities. They are maintained by cowherds & dairy people. India is topmost milk producer. But now a days mostly, after when these ...
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When Hindus buy milk are they required to only buy milk from cows that are not sent to be slaughtered?

Vegans don't buy milk because of the cruel life dairy cows are subjected to and because they eventually get slaughtered. Given that cows are sacred for Hindus I was wondering if Hindus share the ...
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When did Cows receive the boon of horns from Brahma & why did they want them?

Mahabharat Anushasan Parva Section LXXXI mentions Vyas as saying: "Vyasa said, 'Kine constitute the stay of all creatures. Kine are the refuge of all creatures. Kine are the embodiment of merit. ...
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Vivekananda said Brahmins ate beef, is this correct?

In one of the lecture by Swami Vivekananda, he told: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 3/Lectures from Colombo to Almora/Reply to the Address of Welcome at Madura ...There was a time ...
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Do the Vedas order killing of the "sinner" who kills a cow?

New18 quotes from RSS Panchjanya Magazine: "Vedas order killing of the sinner who kills a cow. Cow slaughter is an issue of honour for Hindus. The Dadri victim perhaps slaughtered a cow under the ...
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Do I commit a sin of greater degree when I kill a holy creature (say cow) instead of any other creature?

I genuinely believe this question is a bit in bad taste but do read below my thoughts of inquisitiveness for putting up a bland question like this: I was curious to know if karma would adjudge me as ...
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Relations with Cows?

........."The Atri Smriti also mentions homosexuality as a sin and prescribes an expiation measure for the same: By discharging semen into inhuman females except a cow, into a woman in [her] ...
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Why cows are given so much importance in Vedas?

Vedas are said to be voice of God so should be universally true, should be true for all times, and true from the perspective of every region/country/person. But almost half of Atharava Veda and a ...
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Why "Panchagavya" is considered holy in Hinduism?

In Hinduism Cows are considered holy. Afflicting them with pain is considered as one of the gravest possible offences. It is stated in Scriptures that cows are the best among animals,swan the best ...
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What does the Atharva Veda say about cows?

This article mentions about cows in Atharva Veda Cow is believed as theomorphic animal in Atharva-veda. What does the Atharva Veda say about cows?
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Consuming milk and dairy causes bad karma?

Since it is get from the exploitation of innocents mammals, consuming milk and dairy causes bad karma?
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Cow and position of Devas

The picture shows the sacred cow, Gomata, and the position of Devas (Gods) in Gomata. How was the position of Gods determined? For example, why is Shiva shown between the eyebrows? Why are Bhairava ...
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Importance of cow, calf & milk during housewarming ceremony

While doing housewarming ceremony, what's the significance of the below? Bringing a cow and its calf inside the new home Boiling milk and then let it spill over
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

In the following video, Dr. Zakir Naik says that Bhishma Pitamaha tells Yudhishtira that sacrificing a cow will satisfy their dead ancestors for a period of 1 year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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What is the Apasthambha sutra? And is eating cow meat considered holy according to it?

According to this comment on a nice Quora answer, the Apasthambha sutra considers eating cow meat as a holy ritual. Does this particular scripture really sanction the consumption of beef? This is not ...
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Do Indians still believe the sacred cows? [closed]

Sorry for the blunt title. I'm trying to understand the modern Indian segment of the population, those who have computers and are connected to the Internet. How much are religious? How much ...
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Is it true that cow has 33 crores god in it? [duplicate]

Is it true that cow has 33 crores gods in it? If so, where it is written and what are all the names of those 33 crores gods.
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Why are Hindus not allowed to eat beef when scriptures seem to indicate otherwise? [duplicate]

A recent photograph of some Hindu protesters demanding a ban on beef and other non-vegetarian food made me sit and take notice of the Vedas. I believe that these protesters are ignorant of what their ...
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Why does lord Krishna love cows so much?

Why only cows, why not buffaloes or goats or any other animal whose milk is edible for humans?