Rare Punganur Cow Milk Used in Abhishek at Tirupati Temple: Fact Check


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Rare Punganur Cow Milk Used in Abhishek at Tirupati Temple

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This is Punganur Cow – cost is 12 Crore rupees and it gives nearly 100 liters milk daily – Only Milk from this cow is used in Abhishek of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirupati Temple. Seeing it is considered sacred.
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इस गाय की कीमत है 12 करोड़ रूपये और यह प्रतिदिन करीब 100 लीटर दूध देती है।
यह पुंगनुर गाय है। केवल इसी गाय के दूध से ही तिरुपति भगवान का अभिषेक होता है।इसको देखना बहुत ही शुभ माना गया है।
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Fact Check:

Some video messages circulating on social media platforms allege to show a rare and costly Cow giving nearly 100 liters of milk daily. They claim only this Punganur Cow Milk is used for Abhishek of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirupati temple. No, the claims are not entirely true and explained here.

About Videos of Cow(s) in Circulation

The stories doing rounds on social media platforms like Facebook show videos of at least two different cows. One video shows a white cow being worshipped by a group of priests. The other video shows a brown cow with huge udders moving around in a ground. Firstly, the white cow is an Ongole breed from Andhra Pradesh and the brown one is a Gir Cow from Gujarat. Both the cows are not rare and are not as costly as mentioned in the messages. The brown Gir Cow with huge udder gives 12 to 25 liters of milk daily.

Image of Gir Cow breed from Gujarat
Gir Cow breed from Gujarat

Facts about Punganur Cow Milk Use in Tirupati Temple

There are no credible reports suggesting only milk from the rare Punganur cow breed is used for Abhishek of Lord Venkateshwara in the famous temple at Tirupati. Unlike the claims, TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) established Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshana Trust for protecting Cow, emphasizing its spiritual importance apart from its economic aspect. As you can see in an unofficial Facebook page, they maintain different breeds of Cow, including the Punganur.

TTD has its own Sri Venkateswara Dairy Farm maintaining the bovine population. TTD website tirumala.org mentions their dairy farm supplies milk and curd to all the TTD temples for rituals, prasadams, Abhishekams etc., and also to their service institutions. It’s unlikely milk from only one breed of cow (Punganur or others) will be used for abhishek for the deity in Tirupati temple.

In an April 2017 report, Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshana Trust Director K Harinath Reddy said Punganur Cow breed is an important part of their conservation programme. The decline of Punganur cow is mainly because of its indiscriminate cross-breeding for its efficient reproductive characters. Punganur Cow is also not a recognized breed worldwide.

About Punganur Cow

Punganur Cow is in fact a special Dwarf breed originating from Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh (Tirupati temple). Named after a village called Punganur, they are usually white and light grey in color with a broad forehead and short horns. While average milk yield of Punganur Cows is around 3 to 5 liters per day, some produce more than that. However, Punganur Cow’s milk has a high fat content and is rich in medicinal properties. Cow milk normally has a fat content of 3-3.5 per cent, but Punganur breed’s milk contains 8 per cent fat. Like suggested in the messages, Punganur Cow numbers are certainly dwindling. Animal genetics and breeding scientists are engaged in efforts to save the unique Indian breed from extinction.

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