A bit less than a year ago, Amritapuri was welcoming 6 new special residents: the miniature indigenous cows from two endangered breeds in India, the Vichoor Cow and the Kasargod Dwarf. The very species that Krishna once played with and made so dear to his heart…
Since then, the 4 adults (Shankar the bull; Parvati, Ganga and Saraswati the cows) and the 2 calves Kasturi and Sreekutty (both females) have enjoyed happy days in Amritapuri and made their presence dearly appreciated by all the ‘other residents’ here (us). Each morning they have two hours in the open sun, then spend the rest of the day in the shade just outside their shed which they only use for the night.
Kasturi and Sreekutty have grown into young adults and Parvati, Ganga and Saraswati have each had a new baby calf, bringing the Amritapuri family of these almost extinct breeds to 9 members.
Meet the new comers:
They are Gauri, born late December; Ganesh, the only male calf, born in the first days of February; and another tiny female calf (yet to be named by Amma), born on the 19th of February. (see photos below)
It is really special to see them move around anytime of the day. The mothers are extremely protective and the babies are tiny, curious and cute like little fawns. Their spirit of discovery is very obvious when they are left to roam around the cowshed… Gauri came inside the computer room the other day, Ganesh enjoys jumping and playing with Thumban and Bhakti the ashram dogs, and the youngest one is fascinated by the nice smells at the door of the ashram bakery…
Enjoy the photos below.