Union Minister Hansraj Ahir, MoS, Home Affairs to visit Satyam Shivam Sundaram Gau Nivas

Hyderabad, February 13, 2018. Union Minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, the Minister of State, Home Affairs, Government of India to visit Satyam Shivam Sundaram Gau Nivasm, the South India’s biggest and India’s best maintained Gaushala located in the outskirts of the city at Gaganpahad on 15th February.

According to77years old Dharam Raj Ranka, the one man army with a difference who is on amission protecting India’s most revered animal cow, rescuing from the jaws ofdeath from slaughter houses and runs two Goshalas, sheltering 5300 cows for thepast 25years, the minister is expected to offer “Thulbaharam”, a ritual inwhich the devotee submits offerings worth his weight to the deity/gaumatha 

As hundredsof other devotees are also expected the organizers are planning to makeelaborate arrangements so that Thulabharam can be offered with Flowers,Bananas, Vegetables, Jaggery, coins etc.  Various items useful forupkeeping of Goshala such as turmeric, coins, sugar, rice, jaggery, sugarcandy, etc to the equivalent weight of the devotee can be donated.

Thulabharamcan be done as per the wish of the devotee. The determined price equivalent tothe weight of the item will be collected from the pilgrim and a receipt for thesame will be issued immediately by the staff in-charge. The visitors may alsocarry the item from their place to perform Tulabaram. 

Tulabaram isthe practice among Hindus, and even among the other communities to performThulabara’, weighing one against materials and offering to God. 

Tulabharamis a practice observed for a very long time may be since Dwapara Yuga. Theearliest reference to a Tulabharam comes from the Mahabharata, about the greatemperor Sibi.  It is basically a Hindu ritual. It  is oftengets mentioned in Headlines of the news papers for the kind of offerings madeby the devotees. In Guruvayur temple somebody offered his weight in gold--70kgs.Tirupati Temple also hits the headlines now and then. Modi offered Tulabharamat Guruvayur Temple some time ago. 

Tulabharammeans a person weighs him or herself in a balance and pay in equal weight ofgold, fruits or grains to God when one’s prayers are fulfilled. Temples inTirupati, Guruvayur, Dwaraka, Udupi and several other towns practice suchofferings. 

This isoffered to the gods when their prayers are answered. 

The Gaushalashot into limelight a decade or so ago for sheer magnitude and for itscleanliness and royal treatment cows get there.  

The trustfloated by Dharma Raj Ranka, a 77years old, bare footed man, a successfuljeweler from Shahlibanda, left/retired from business and has been working onthe mission in protection of India’s most revered animal ‘Cow’ for the past25years has become a tourist spot and hundreds of visitors visit it each day. 

The tursthas been running two Goshalas(Cow Shelters)—Satyam Shivam Sundaram Gau Nivasand  Gau Seva Kendra that provide shelter to 5300cows.   They are the South India’s biggest and well maintainedcow shelters.  It employs 100 people to take care of them, spends Rs30 to 35 lakh a month, collected through donations on fodder. 

As a matterof principle Dharam Raj Ranka, the noted jeweler stopped wearing foot wear forthe past 25years.  Undeterred by the cold, he freely moves everywherewithout chappal and travels only in Auto. 

 A  HugePigeon House is also setup in the Satyam Shivam Sundaram Gau Nivas in 3000sq.ft. area at a cost of Rs.25 lakhs is home to about 5000-6000 pigeons. Thanksto Dharama Raj Ranka and his trust, amidst tense times, the bird of peace -Pigeon gets a safe and serene shelter. 

 A Jainby birth, Dharma Ranka Jain jumped into the crusade against cow slaughterduring Al-Kabeer Controversy several years ago.  Then he launched“Al-Kabeer Hatao  Andolan”.   He was instrumental insetting up ‘Bhagyanagar Go Seva Sadan’ at Lower Tank bund in 1991-92 with about300 cows 

Nearly 100workers strive hard to keep these animals fed well, the premises is maintainedin good hygienic condition.  Nearly Rs 50,000/- is paid as dailywages to these workers.  To feed all these animals at both centers,kutti worth several thousand rupees is required every day.  Ten truckload of green grass is supplied. 

Nearly 6trucks load of cow dung is produced, which is sold at a reasonable prices fornatural farming.  They don’t milk the cows.  The milk isleft to its babies. We spend anywhere in the range of Rs 30 to 35 lakhs everymonth maintaining these two cow shelters.  The money comes throughvoluntary donations, Dharam Raj Ranka informs. 

 “SatyamShivam Sundaram Gau Nivaas” is giving a new meaning to the concept of cowprotection. Where cows just escaped from the jaws of their death, get a decentlife and royal treatment.  No one can imagine a better life than whatthey get at this well maintained cow shelter.  One needs to see it tobelieve it.  It claims to be the one of the biggest in South Indiaand well maintained in the country.  Satyam Shivam SundaramGau  Nivaas and the new Satyam Shivam Sundaram Gau SevaKendra  both  the facilities are the  mosthygienic Gowshalas one can ever see in the country. 

With so manyanimals, the Goshalas are supposed to be smelling rotten with cow dungeverywhere.  But, that is not so.  They are so wellmaintained that seeing is believing.  The entire place is clean andtidy.   It is kept clean continuously all through the day byabout 100 workers.  They clear of cow dung in a push cart. 

 Thesix Lorries load of cow dung collected every day is sent to poor formers’fields as a bio-pesticide mostly free of cost and in some cases at a nominalcost. After removing cow dung, the place is washed with phenyl, spread withhaldi powder and chunna to prevent insect bites to theanimals.  Occasionally the place is covered with a fresh soft soil toaccommodate smooth walking for the cows’ hoofs.


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