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South India’s biggest Goushala, Satyam Shivam Sundaram Gau Nivas to conduct Annakut Celebrations

Hyderabad,India.Nov, 2008: South India’s biggest Goushala (cow shelter), Satyam Shivam Sundaram Gau Nivas located in 3-acres of land and home to about 3451 cows rescued from slaughter houses is to hold a Grand Annakut Celebration ‘Annakut-Prasadi’ here at its premises at Peddammagadda, Gaganpahad at 4 PM on Sunday i.e. 2nd November. Giving details Mr. Dharam Raj Ranka of Satyam Shivam Sundaram Gau Nivas said that the Annakut festival is celebrated at the beginning of each New Year, lots of variety of food items prepared with love and devotion are offered to God. Thousands of devotees are expected to participate in the celebrations. He urged people to come and take darshan of the Go Mata and have prasad on the occasion.

In a press release issued in city today, Mr. Dharam Raj Ranka said that although the literal meaning of ‘Annakut’ is "mountain of food", it symbolises an offering of food to God and the love and devotion that has gone into preparing it. As part of the Diwali celebrations Hindus around the world cook a variety of different vegetarian items of food, snacks, sweets, pickles and delicacies as offerings to God. Traditionally Annakut symbolised devotion through offering the first harvest and distributing this to all.

South India’s biggest and India’s best maintained ‘Gou Shala’ Satyam Shivam Sundaram (SSS) Gau Nivas gives a new meaning to the concept of cow protection. Where cows who just escaped from the jaws of their death, get a decent life and royal treatment. It has been established by Shri Dharam Raj Ranka, a 66 years old man with a mission to protect India’s most revered animal ‘Cow’. Mr. Ranka has fully dedicated his life for the cause of Cow Protection. He is the pioneer of Gou Shala Concept in twin cities and has been instrumental in setting up several Gou Shalas. Earlier he spearheaded the movement against slaughter houses such as Al-Kabeer.

Employing 120 workers, about 10 tonnes of Kutti and 38 tonnes of green grass a day is fed to the animals sheltered at the SSS Gau Nivas. The monthly fodder bill along runs into lakhs, which is being contributed by philanthropists. To take care of these 3451 animals’ health, two veterinary doctors and a hospital is housed at the cow shelter. No cow is milked, nor any business is done with their milk. The total milk is left to the babies of the cow, thus maintaining ZERO infant mortality rates.

Reachout's News Bureau
Nov' 2008

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