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Legendary Gir, native to the region, with its distinctive features and mannerisms, makes up the majority of the cow population of the goshala
Don’t mess with us. We’re the bulls!
Morning feeding and milking done, it’s time for grazing and play in the organic farms, where the goshala is located
Basking in the sun, while a wandering little bird takes a breather
Containers are kept in a temperature controlled room until ghee is ready to be refilled into smaller containers for cooking or traditional medicinal purposes
For Bhika, the cowherd, who lives in the goshala, it's more than just a job. "I look after them and they look after me," he says. He claims he's had no need for medical attention in years!
Goshala is in the village of Goraj, which literally translates to the "dust kicked up by the cow’s returning from the pastures"
The cows are hand milked twice a day, before sunrise and sunset
Dr Patel sees the cause of cow welfare being integral to the center’s social and environmental welfare programs
Green Ashram's founder, Anuben, initiated her social mission in 1978. "Our bottom line is joy. We are here to share our joy in the world", says Dr Vikram Patel who now leads the mission
Goshala’s cows move about freely in their pen until its time for feeding or resting
Who says only humans are entitled to selfies?
Calves playing hide-n-seek with the cowherd in the airy, roomy compound
Bhika shares what the cows have taught him, while we sit on a bed of nutritious organic sugarcane husk that the cows leisurely graze on
The cream is slowly cooked, with stirring and checking by one of cooks who learnt how to make ghee from her mother
Green Ashram was founded on core values and principles also espoused by Mahatma Gandhi, who was a native of this region