Yesterday was Gokulashtami, and the occasion brought a fitting news all the way from Tirupati. TTD Executive Officer Dr D Sambasiva Rao said that the Sri Venkateswara Go Samrakshana Shala would soon be transformed into a national cow research centre.
Speaking after the Gokulashtami celebrations, he said that ‘Go Pooja’ was celebrated in all the 23 districts of AP and Telangana to mark the significance of cow in the religious and socio-economic history of the country.
Mr Rao said that there were 2636 animals in the Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshana Shala, in which top breeds like Ongole, Punganur, Kapila govu, Haryana, Kangayam, Dhiyoni, Hallikar, Umbaladari, Sahiwal and Rathi were also present. 75 top breed cows have been shifted to the ultra modern gow shala being set up at Palamaner. TTD was committed to protect and preserve the holy cow and that the TTD’s Gosamrakshana Trust had received Rs.81 crore donations so far.
The milk produced by top desi breeds of cows has significant anti-infection and anti-disease qualities. Similarly, bi products such as cow dung and urine have great medicinal qualities and are already utilised in the manufacture of many Indian medicines.
Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshana Shala had been active in cow protection and awareness campaign.
TTD Chairman Dr Chadalawada Krishnamurthy, TTD EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao and Tirupati JEO Sri Pola Bhaskar offered prayers to Sri Venugopalaswamy and also the holy Go Puja and Aarti to Cows.
As part of the celebrations, Annamayya Project organised Nada swara concert, Annamayya sankeertanas etc. The Dasa sahitya project organised Bhajans. Students from various schools of Tirupati also organized and participated in the cultural programs. Harikatha Parayanams were conducted by the Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad.