For those with a religious bent of mind, it is worshipping a Goddess; for animal lovers, it is taking care of an animal with respect and dignity; for environmentalists, it is providing organic manure to strengthen Mother Earth; for nutritionists, it is reinforcing the virtues of the most healthy drink since time immemorial.
However you see it, taking care of 65 cows in a great way , is serving a noble cause and with the new Gaushala, Sevalaya continues to pursue this noble cause with renewed vigor.
Inaugurating the newly built Vinobhaji Gaushala in 1 acre land at Sevalaya campus , Vittal, IAS (Retd), Former Central Vigilance Commissioner stressed on the need to protect the dry cows, highlighting that one of the basic causes for many social evils plaguing the world today is because of the human tendency to value everything only on monetary terms and forgetting the social value. Quoting an ancient Tamil verse which proclaims that this world survives only because the selfless service of those who live for others, he lauded the efforts of Muralidharan , the founder of Sevalaya and the team for the sustained services for the poor and the needy for 27 years and wished the institution to grow and reach out to more and more needy people.
The new Gaushala has all the facilities for the cows. Each cow is in a separate enclosure with easy access to feed and water. The urine of the cow flows through a specially constructed channel draining into a pit where it is diluted and used as an organic fertilizer . The Gaushala , has been constructed at a cost of Rs 30 lakhs. Mr.Rajiv Bharwani of Hongkong has sponsored this construction.
B. NagarajaRao, President of SMSO Nidhi Ltd, V. Ramaiah ,a long standing donor, Ms. Sivagami, Manager of the Thiruninravur branch of the State Bank of India and Directors of SMSO Nidhi Ltd, participated in the function. The children presented a colorful cultural program on the occasion.
Earlier the gathering was welcomed by Mr. V. Muralidharan, Founder and Managing Trustee of Sevalaya and Mr. Amarchand Jain, an Advisory member of Sevalaya proposed the vote of thanks.