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Gobind Godham Ludhiana

At an open-air barn, a gaushala (cowshed), is doing its part to fulfill the ancient tradition of caring for country's 'sacred' cows.

Gobind Godham was set up in Ludhiana about seven years ago and is now serving more than 1,500 ailing cows.The shed was opened in 2000 when residents approached the Gau Sewa Samiti after a few stray dogs attacked and killed eight cows of a gaushala. It was being run by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation at the Hambran Road.

Gobind Godham Chairman Sunder Dass Dhamija said, "After the public's pressure, our 12-member committee decided to open a gaushala.

We bought 5 acres of land for Rs 8.50 lakh. The first cow we got was a blind stray cow. We named her 'Prerna'. After its death, devotees did not allow us to take its body, so we buried it in the compound.

Prerna proved to be very lucky for us. After its arrival in the gaushala, we signed an agreement with Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. According to the agreement, the MC decided to give us Rs 10 per cow per day for taking care of sick cows. We got a cheque of Rs 5 lakh twice and afterwards no funds were released by the MC.

Luckily, with the active support of donors, we constructed a big cowherd in two years." Presently, a team of four veterinary doctors, 15 helpers, 125 assistants along with retired deputy director of the Animal Husbandry department are taking care of these sick cows.