Cow protection centre to come up in London
The largest Hindu temple in Britain, where a sick cow was killed last month, plans to start a protection centre for the sacred animal.india Updated: Jan 27, 2008 12:03 IST
The largest Hindu temple in Britain, where a sick cow was killed last month, plans to start a protection centre for the sacred animal.
Bhaktivedanta Manor, the temple where the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals killed Gangotri, the sacred cow, and sparked an outrage amongst British Hindus, plans to open the cow protection centre called New Gokul.
The plan was approved by Hertsmere Borough Council.
Hindu leaders, politicians and supporters from across Britain will attend the colourful bhoomi Puja ceremony on February 3 to sanctify the ground where a new farm building will be constructed in memory of Gangotri.
The occasion will be marked by chanting of Sanskrit prayers, devotional singing and traditional dances.
The 'puja' will culminate with a yagna, a Hindu ritual, where priests will pour sanctified offerings of butter into a large sacred fire.
Thereafter, fifty Hindu leaders from around the country will discuss what they perceive as the British government's lethargy in addressing the wider issues surrounding the killing of Gangotri.
"We cannot understand why the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, have not even responded to our request for a meeting with the Secretary of State," said Gauri Dasa, president of Bhaktivedanta Manor.
"The resentment levels in the Hindu community are quite high, and the government's lack of engagement and disinterest are not good for community cohesion and integration. They should at least be ready to listen to what we have to say."
Terming the bhumi puja as a Hindu ritual that reminded humans to live in harmony with mother nature Dasa said: "at this ceremony, we offer prayers to Mother Earth seeking permission and forgiveness for our digging and excavation.
It stresses the interdependence between humans and nature, especially cows and bulls, with whom we have a special relationship. The cow is a motherly figure as she nourishes us with life-giving milk, he said.