Gou Swarga

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Introduction[edit]

Gou Swarga references to a literal meaning of "cows paradise" where "Gou" is a Sanskrit word for "cows"[1] and "Swarga" implies to "paradise". The idea of this Paradise on Earth called Gou Swarga took shape to provide a comfortable heaven for cows on earth, devoid of all the difficulties and drudgery. Gou Swarga is a special gou Shala[2] aiming at providing a fearless fortress for cows of the breed Bos indicus and also to prove the economical benefits of Bos indicus cows apart from considering them just as milk yielding machines.

Along with the milk of Bos indicus which is widely known for its A2 [3] properties and proven health benefits, the ancient Ayurveda has mentioned many of the benefits of its urine [4] and dung, which is slowly being approved by the modern researchers. Cow dung and urine were also a prominent components in ancient method of agriculture. They are proven to be non-hazardous for the environment along with helping in extracting a good yield. By demonstrating these, Gou swarga aims at bringing cows and their advantages into the limelight.

Location[edit]

World's first Gou Swarga is built near Sri Ramadeva Bhankuli Mutt in Siddapura in Uttara Kannada of Karnataka, which is a branch of Sri Ramachandrapura Mutt, Hosanagar whose current pontiff is Sri Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji. The specialty of Gou Swarga id that, it was inaugurated within 80 days of the start of its construction.

Unique concept[edit]

Gou Swarga aims at the total comfort to the cows which live here. Cows are not in confinement here. They roam freely in spacious, serene enclosure. Shine or shelter is as per their choice; out of the total space of one lakh square feet, 70% is open to sunshine and rest 30% is covered by shelter. There are no walls.

Sugrasa scheme here provides the fodder, which is healthy and tasty and grown in poison-free method of agriculture. It is made available to cows all the time and they can feed on the fodder which they like, they are free to eat as much as they like. Clean and healthy natural water is available for cows in stone-made gigantic vessels at all the times.

Cow shed is designed in such a way that calf can be in view of its mother. Calf is the first claimant of mother’s milk and in case if mother’s milk is insufficient, there is alternative arrangement. No risk of illness because of healthy environment on one side, well equipped cow clinic on the other. Guaranteed facility of natural birth, natural living and natural death is provided to cows. Artificial insemination is not performed and adulterated cross-breeds won’t be seen here. There is no threat of getting landed with slaughterers for cows.

Amenities inside[edit]

GouTirtha: At the centre of GouSwarga a vast lake covering ten thousand square feet

SaptaSannidhi: At the centre of the lake – atop the sculptured stone pavilion – divine presence of seven holy deities including SriRaama

GouPada: Around the lake on four sides four satsanga podiums dedicated to the listening pleasures of the cows. A thousand cows live and roam happily amid the cool of the lake and presence of seven deities.

GouVirama: To facilitate resting of cows under the shade, cow shed is being built in an area measuring 30,000 square feet.

GouVihara: To provide the luxury of bathing in the sun and roaming freely, ViharaDhama (roaming area) is being built at an area of 70,000 square feet.

SadaTrupti: Here cows have access to fodder round the clock.

SudhaSalila: Stone-made water containers here and there to provide drinking water to the cows.

PrekshaPatha: A broad pathway for facilitating GouSwarga Pradakshina and viewing of the entire facility spread over one and a half lakh square feet.

RathaPatha: Car Street which will be used to celebrate Chariot Festival where living cow will be atop the chariot.

TirthaPatha: This path will take visitors to SaptaSannidhi at the centre of the lake through the middle of the cows. The mighty cow paradise, which will be divided into four by the PrekashaPatha and TirthaPatha will be divided into sections like NandiShala (Shelter for bulls) – DhenuShala (Shelter for cows) and VatsaShala (Shelter for calves).

GouGanga: On the north of GouSwarga, place to take the holy dip with the water flowing from GouMukha (Cow’s face)

GoupalaBhavana: In the northeast residence for goupalaks which will remind the onlookers of Gopalakrishna.

Bhankuli Ramadeva Matha: which is a centre of blessing for the disciples, is on the east,

GouDhara: a small stream which serpentines the borders, on the west.

Govardhana Giri: a hill holding its head high next to the stream

GouNandana: is the beautiful park reminiscent of NandanaVana.

Viksha Gopura: a watch tower atop Govardhana Giri to give a bird’s eye view of the entire GouSwarga

Statistical wonders involved in the construction[edit]

The foundation stone was laid on March 8th, 2018 and construction of the building was started on April 27th, 2018. The construction of central stone structure (Mantapa) was started on the eve of May 1st, 2018. The construction of central pond was started on May 10th, 2018. The construction of steps to the pond around it were started on May 23rd, 2018. The construction of first stage (GouPada) was started and finished within 2 days on May 24th and 25th, 2018. 3 bridges around the central pond were being constructed within a day on May 26th, 2018. The construction of the other stage (GouPada) where Sri Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji and other seers were seated on the day of the inauguration was started and finished within a day on May 26th, 2018.

2000 pipes of 20 ft each are being used as the pipelines and 10 lakh liters of water was used in the overall construction. 15000 lorry loads of soil which sums up to around 30 lakhs square feet is being used in whole of Gou swarga. Stones of 7000 sq.ft in area were used in the construction of the central pond. There were 2000 workers who worked on each month of the construction duration and 1000 volunteers volunteered in various works of the construction in last 4 days.

The Gou swarga was inaugurated on the eve of May 27th, 2018.

Materials used in the construction of the first Gou Swarga[edit]

4850 cft of Boulders, 3972 cft of Square Boulders, 68200 cft of GSB, 29356 cft of Sand, 24735 cft of Dust, 10690 cft of 20 MM, 13850 cft of Weight Mix, 3700 Hollow blocks, 4900 Size stones, 10925 Red stones, 2240 bags of cement, 23319 sq. ft of Slab Stone, 16937 sq. ft of Granite and 5364 sq. ft of Interlocks are used in the construction of the first Gou Swarga.

Vehicles Used in the construction of the first Gou Swarga[edit]

26 Tippers, 3 JCBs, 10 Hitachi vehicles, 1 Grader, 1 Roller, 5 Cranes, 3 Tractors and 4 Generators (60kv) were used in the complete construction of the first Gou Swarga.

References[edit]

  1. Bos indicus
  2. cattle Shed
  3. A2 milk
  4. Gomutra

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