Indian village mourns beloved bull who lived with them for 20 years
- The death of Babuji the bull sent an entire Indian village into days of mourning.
- About 3,000 villagers held a large death festival for Babuji on Saturday, along with funeral rites and social ceremonies, the Times of India reported.
- Babuji was considered by some in the village to be the embodiment of a Hindu guardian deity called Nandi.
Ceremonial rites, cremation and great feast for thousands of people – a village in India deployed the works for the funeral of a beloved bull who lived with them for 20 years, reported the Times of India.
Babuji the bull died of natural causes on August 15, and the village of Kurdi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh commemorated his death last week, honoring the animal as they would a village elder. , according to the Times.
He reported that on Saturday around 3,000 people attended Babuji’s death festival – called a terahvi – where priests sang for his soul, and a bull photo sanctuary was showered with silver and flowers.
Residents of the village told The Times that Babuji was almost like a member of the family to them and was seen as a “gift from the divine.” The bull was also found roaming a holy place in the village when he was young, leading some to call him Nandi, a Hindu guardian deity. generally represented as a bull.
In the days leading up to the death festival, villagers held religious rites and mourning ceremonies for Babuji, including a cremation and a rasam pagri, which is a funeral ceremony for the death of the oldest man in a family, the Times added.
Cows are seen sacred in many parts of India, and most states prohibit the slaughter of cows or the consumption of beef. One state, Madhya Pradesh, has even set up a “cow cabinet” ensure the welfare of animals. In May, several men covered themselves with cow dung and urine, believing it would improve their immunity to COVID-19. Doctors have since warned against the practice, saying there was no scientific evidence to back it up.