Bakrid Qurbani – A Traumatic Experience for a Rishabam and Finally a Rescue from Slaughterhouse after 20 days

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara,

There were so many cows that have been saved during this Bakrid which I will write in detail later but want to share with you a very moving and emotional rescue happened on the eve of Eid.

As you all know, we have been doing this cow rescues for past two years saving the lives of several hundred cows in the process. This rescue happened in the slaughter house today, just over a 1 km away from my home. Over the last couple of months, I have built a pretty decent nexus where I have the info. sellers, brokers/dealers, slaughter houses, their mode of operation, etc. I have a good friend of mine who is a strong Sanatana Dharmic and runs a shop few meters near this slaughter house. I asked my friend to keep a close watch on the activities of the slaughter house and its movements. Couple of weeks back, a pair of Rishabams were brought in a truck for killing but the guy did not kill them the next day as typically they do as the local slum people did not have cash resulting in meager beef demand. This forced the guy to keep the two native breed rishabams in the slaughter house itself tying them pretty close to a pole with very restricted movement, no food/water to drink or eat and a very soggy ground to stand with no roof at the top. They had to put up with the sweltering heat during the entire day with very little food/drink. Also, when a cow comes to a slaughter they will be broken mentally as they know their end is nigh since the smell of the blood is all over the place and they can easily sense it. If that is not enough, these cows have to watch their fellow cows butchered cruelly right in front of them that too all in night. Based on my advise, my friend was observing all these activities closely from his shop.

Around a week back, the butcher killed one of the two rishabams in front of the other which really petrified the other rishabam. Due to lack of demand, the butcher did not kill the other rishabam but it had to undergo a horrendous time with no food/drink, scorching sun, standing non-stop in a single place for 20 days in a row. Since it is a native breed cow (Kangeyam breed) it could withstand all this but slowly his condition started deteriorating. I went personally and saw these horrendous happenings and was really shattered beyond words. After a lot of negotiations, back and forth, finally bought this cow released this beautiful rishabam from the hell.

I really cannot describe how fast the rishabam wanted to get out of the place when we untied his rope to start to our place. Though he looks like a giant he is like a small baby ready to obey our orders and give whatever we feed him. As we all had wondered million times, how in the earth someone can kill these innocent gentle beings is really beyond me.

We brought to the ancient Shiva temple (Lord Pasupatheeswarar) near my home, gave a good bath, did a puja and fed him with fodder, fruits, vegetables as much possible. He just drank so many gallons of plain water such was his thirst level. Though he looks big, he is so gentle and very calm that I named him ‘Kuzhandhai Swamy’. Even a child can approach and play with him.

Also, during this entire rescue and negotiation process I deliberately asked my friend to take a lead on this (with me working closely behind the scenes). The idea is to get more Gho Rakshaks involved so they can gain more awareness, relate more to these causes and take a lead on future rescues. After the rescue today, where my friend and his wife walked down the cow from the abattoir to temple they were very emotional told me this which was really touching.

This is the Happiest Moment of our lives, Our wedding day or the day our son’s were born don’t even come close. They spent the entire day today in the temple in the cow along with the parents and children doing Gho Seva for the rishabam.

I’m posting a few pics and videos so you all can see and relate how the entire events unfolded. A great rescue on the auspicious Aadi Velli (Friday), Varalakshmi Vratham, and Dwadashi.

All Periyava Anugraham and all of your support. Rama Rama

Many Jaya Jaya Sankara to Shri. R. Ganesh, Smt. Jayalakshmi Vidyashankar, Smt. Avantika Vardhan, Smt. Bhanu Hedge, Smt. Pabbathi Vandana, Smt. Usha Venkateswaran, Shri. VK Vasudevan, Smt. Gayathri Chakravarthy, Shri Balaji Hariharan, Shri Hari Venkatesh, Shri Arun Abishek, Shri Bagirath Gopinath, Shri Natarajan Sridharan, Shri Sankaran Lakshman, Shri PS Mahadevan Iyer for their kind contributions in helping with this rescue efforts, transport, and maintenance. Rama Rama

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Rishabam in tears standing non-stop for 20 days straight with very little food/water out in the open in sweltering heat. The rope is tied so closely to the pole that he cannot even sit. The ground is very wet and slushy as well.

Rescued Rishabam in the Lord Shiva Temple

Having a meal after 20 days

Taking a much needed rest after 20 days of non-stop standing with no food/water

Rishabam having food and water in the temple

Having some bananas

Fed Hay and Vegetables

Caressing and comforting ‘Kuzhandhai Swami’ by chanting Bhagawan Nama

Categories: Samrakshanam


8 replies

  1. Namaskarams. After reading this, i don’t know what to say. Nobody can escape from shedding tears. You and your team are to be worshipped for doing this . I am making a small beginning and arranging to transfer some funds and once i do that will inform you. I hope by god’s grace, i would like to involve myself more in this noble endeavour.

  2. I was moved indeed to read about the rescue operation. I can well imagine the trauma of Kuzhandai Swami. I shall certainly involve myself and send a small contribution. Jeya Jeya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara.

    • Thanks for the great work..As Mahaperiyava has said Gho Samrakshana is very important..Really touched and moved by reading the post.May Mahaperiyava give us all , whatever is needed in terms of resources, physical support to protect the Gho Matha..

      Mahaperiyava Padhame Saranam

  3. Namaskaram. Very happy to hear rishbam got saved from slaughter house. All of us should contribute towards rescue of as many as cow and rishbam wherever we are hearing or come across. Kodi pranam to the people those who are involved in auspicious project


    raju thirumalai

  4. I have adopted a cow and its calf. I have paid its cost to our milkman. I am also giving him a sum for their upkeep every month apart from paying the market price towards the milk I purchase from him. Well. To cut a long thing short, since this way i exhaust my budgeted amount towards Gho-raksha every month, I don’t have much left to contribute to your noble cause. But reading your write-up today, I am utterly moved. I shall be depositing a sum of Rs.1000/- into your Gho raksha account in a short while. I know it is a pittance compared to your efforts and the resources spent. I offer my prayers to Sri Periyava and Sri Akilaandeshwari to look after you and your cows & bulls munificently.

  5. ரிஷபம் (காளை மாடு ) காப்பாற்றப்பட்டது குறித்து மிக்க மகிழ்ச்சி இதை காஞ்சி
    மடத்திலுள்ள கோசாலையில் சேர்க்க முடியுமா என பால பெரியவர் அவர்களிடம் கேட்டு அவர் சம்மதித்தால் , அங்கு சேர்த்து விடலாமே


  1. Bakrid Qurbani – More ‘Kuzhandhai Swami’s’ rescued directly from Slaughterhouses – Sage of Kanchi
  2. From a hopeless situation to life full of hope – Jallikattu and Farming/Ploughing Bulls – Food for Thought – Sage of Kanchi

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