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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?