That Most Sacred Of Animals

by Brenna Holeman
Cows in India 1
Pushkar, India
Cows in India 2
Jaisalmer, India

Cows in India 3
Jodhpur, India

Cows in India 4
Jaisalmer, India

Cows in India 5

Varanasi, India

Cows in India 6

Varanasi, India
Cows in India 7
Jodhpur, India

Cows in India 8
Jaisalmer, India

Ah, cows. What would any visit to India be without a run-in without at least one of these gentle giants? There was the cow that tried to steal my purse (her nose is pictured in the last photo), the bull that chased us down a bridge in Udaipur, the cow and bull that decided to mate directly behind us while we were watching the flower ceremony on the ghats of Varanasi (our faces show our feelings about that…you can see the animals coming for us in the background), and oh so many cows and bulls who filled the streets of cities, blocking cars and tuk tuks, lying along highways and alleys and on doorsteps and even on rooftops, walking right into us, existing everywhere and anywhere.
I’m not going to lie…I really, really liked them. I could have done without the dung (especially the day in Jaisalmer where the only option was to walk directly through it), but overall I thought the presence of cows was one of my favourite parts of India.


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Oneika March 29, 2011 - 6:57 am

Awww they are adorable!!! I remember seeing them everywhere in Nepal but I never got as up close and personal as you did.

Naomi March 29, 2011 - 1:46 pm

I can’t get over the intricacy of the designs on those building facades in the first few photos! So much detail, they’re so beautiful. Reeeally makes me want to go see it for myself 😉
(and the cows too, of course!)

This Battered Suitcase March 30, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Oneika – I love going right up to the cows…they were so calm!

Naomi – Jaisalmer in particular had amazing carved facades, but that kind of detailed beauty is all over India. It’s amazing that what would be in a museum in Canada is simply part of an average building in this part of the world…

Melissa Sue March 31, 2011 - 7:19 am

You should come to Switzerland in the summertime – ha! They’re everywhere. (They still smell though)

This Battered Suitcase March 31, 2011 - 10:36 am

I’d love to go back to the Swiss countryside! All that green and all those cows…heaven…


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