The cow is a contentious animal in India right now. And with its welfare and protection having the sanction of the central government, there are many who have taken to highlighting the animal's "scientific" importance.
The latest to join the bandwagon is Swami Udit Chaithanya, the founder of Bhagavatham village, a spiritual retreat in Kerala. In a video which is being widely shared on social media, the swami talks about the importance of the cow.
Here are some of the points he makes about the cow:
1. The cow's horns can absorb radioactivity
2. The horns can control sound waves and remove harmful magnetic waves from the atmosphere (he recommends a radio experiment to prove this with appropriate sound effects).
3. Cow dung contains plutonium. The swami says that the government is not valuing cow dung at all and can actually use the plutonium in atomic power plants.
4. "I prepared cow urine in my ashram, had it, and got rid of my asthma without any Allopathic medicine."
Chaithanya doesn't stop here, but goes on to cite the significance of snakes, dogs, and hens, all of which are worshiped at some place or the other in India. The reason? Hindus knew about the benefits that these creatures have for the environment - harmful viruses and pathogens in the air can be killed by the air the snake exhales, he said.
You can watch the video here.
Swami Udit Chaithanya is well known for his sermons about the Bhagavad Gita and other religious texts. Many of his videos are available on YouTube and he has also appeared on many TV channels.
It is unclear when the video first came out or who the interviewer is. The YouTube description of the video claims that the swami was fooled by a parody page called Sanjeevani, and was tricked into saying these things.
However, when TNM contacted Sanjeevani over Facebook, the admin alleged that Swami Udit had voluntarily copied the content from a video Sanjeevani had uploaded in May, not knowing that it was a parody and that the information was false.
Recently, Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma, a judge at Rajasthan High Court, was at the receiving end of ridicule when he listed out 11 benefits of the cow.
One of the things he said was that the cow has a 180 foot long large intestine. He further added that because of this "fact", cow's milk has Kerotin which helps produce vitamin A in the human body. He also said that the mooing of the cow kills air-borne pathogens and that drinking cow urine will purify one of sins from the previous life.