Farmer performs last rites, builds memorial for his ox

A farmer in Sikraura village of Sambhal district performed the last rites of his ox, Raju. On September 27, 3,000 people attended the ‘tehravi’.
A file picture of farmer Rajendra Yadav’s ox.(HT Photo)
A file picture of farmer Rajendra Yadav’s ox.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 28, 2016 07:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByS Raju, Meerut

Displaying unparalleled affection for his ox which passed away recently, a farmer performed its last rites as per the Hindu tradition and also built a memorial in Sikraura village of Sambhal district.

On Tuesday, Rajendra Yadav organised the ‘tehravi’ (a feast held 13 days after death) of his ox, Raju, in which over 3,000 people participated.

A number of VIPs, including Samajwadi Party leader Sandeep Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav (son of Gunnaur MLA Ram Khiladi Yadav) attended the ‘tehravi’ and lauded the farmer’s emotional bond with Raju.

The farmer said he had bought the ox about 14 years ago from a neighbouring village. He named it Raju who soon became a member of his family.

Rajendra has 70 beegha of agricultural land and the ox was of great help in ploughing it. “Now, we have tractor and other farm equipment. In the past, only oxen were used to plough the fields,” said Yadav, who remembers spending hours with Raju.

The farmer also organised a prayer meeting where hymns from the Ramayana were recited. Yadav has also constructed a memorial in the village to keep the memories of Raju alive.

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