Traditionally every purohit household has cows. Presently most of the purohits have stopped rearing cattle, many sell their cattle as they are unable to sustain them. I have a profound love for cattle so I rear them.
Initially, the number of cows in my shed was 6 nos. Then added 2 cows from brahmins who could not afford to keep cattle. The people started bringing their cows and giving them to me. When I tried to refuse, they said that they would leave their cows to roam in the streets and maybe some cow trafficker would slaughter them. Upon hearing the sad fate of the cows I would accept them. Some of the cattle that are injured in unfortunate accidents are brought to my house by some people and left at the door of my cowshed without my knowledge. I am unable to avert my eyes from their pain and suffering and I end up tending to them. I have land which amounts up to 18 cents which is nonagricultural. I did not have enough funds in the beginning to open a goshala. I used to tie the cows in my own house but as the numbers increased I was not able to manage them. Upon seeing the go hatya for meat and other purposes, I was moved and decided to open a goshala in order to protect the cows. I have taken a loan of Rs. 8,00,000.00 from family, friends, and well-wishers and finally succeeded in building a goshala in October 2019. The goshala is registered as Ananth Krishna Goshala and is 1200 sq. feet in size.
Now I have 55 cattle and most of the cattle are of the local breed which does not provide adequate amounts of milk to bear the expenses. The estimated cost for feeding the cattle is about Rs 45,000 per week. I have 6 dependents on the goshala for livelihood including me and my family. I have taken in a few injured cattle which no one cared for anymore. Even though the doctor charges me minimal for the medicinal examination, the expenditure for medicines is hefty. Since I do not have agricultural land to graze my cattle need to depend on dry fodder of which rate is increased due to a shortage in the supply. The installment of the loan for the goshala is also exigent. The income from the milk is trivial as compared with the expenses incurred, hence most of the expenses are borne by my priesthood which is presently at an impasse due to amidst the global pandemic coronavirus situation and the lockdown, the local worship and rituals are at a standstill.
I am finding it very difficult to meet the needs of the cattle. I would be very grateful if you could assist me financially or in terms of feed.