Our adorable Surabhi !!
Fun Facts on Zebu cows:
- Loveable & Small. Compared to other breeds, they are easily called miniature versions
- Playful: They will run across the pasture to get a leaf that falls from a tree or stand on their rear legs like a circus elephant to grab a tree leaf for a treat.
- Colors: They come in a variety of brown, red, white, black, or mixed
- Strong: They are naturally disease and insect resistant.
- Preferences: They prefer to live in herds as opposed to staying alone
Closest cousins ‘Brahman’ breed.
Distant cousins: Guzerat, Nelore, and Gir
Earlier Origins: Thought to be derived from the Indian aurochs, which disappeared during the time of the Indian Valley Civilization (3300BCE-1300BCE)
Migration: Taken From India -> an early date to Africa at -> Within the last 100-200 years exported to Brazil and the US
Current Presence: In all inhabited continents
Why Zebu Breed?
- Hindu Principles place immense importance on the zebu breed in particular.
- She came to AumAshram from DoubleDreamRanch, Texas
Surabhi? Why Surabhi?
At AumAshram we lovingly named her Surabhi.
According to the Matsya Purana, Surabhi is the consort of Brahma and the mother of the cow Yogishwari, the eleven Rudras, goats, swans, and certain species of animals. In general, Surabhi is described as the mother of quadrupeds.
Surabhi and Kamadhenu are used interchangeably. It is a divine bovine goddess described in Hinduism as the mother of all cows. She is a miraculous cow of plenty who provides what all one desires. In iconography, she is generally depicted as a white cow with a female head and breasts, the wings of a bird, and the tail of a peafowl. She is also more popularly depicted as a white cow containing various deities within her body.
Kamadhenu (Surabhi) is not worshiped independently as a goddess. Rather, she is honored by the Hindu veneration of cows, who are regarded as her earthly embodiments.
What does Surabhi enjoy doing?
- She loves to hop, skip and run around and play all day
- She loved to take endless showers in the San Antonio rain
- Just like our little Aum friends – she does not want to go to sleep at night and has to be chased around to go to bed