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    Kamadhenu

    The Bovine Goddess Kamadhenu has been described as the mother of all cows, or the “cow of plenty” that provides her owner with whatever they desire. There are no temples that are directly dedicated to her specifically, because all cows are venerated in Hinduism as an early form of Kamadhenu herself. This is why followers of Hinduism do not slaughter or harm cows in any way.

    Kamadhenu is also thought to be the mother of the Rudras, who are eleven of the thirty-three gods found in the Hindu pantheon. Rudras are the forms or followers of Rudra-Shiva. Whenever Kamadhenu is depicted in art she is seen as either a white cow with breasts and the face of a woman, or as a white cow containing various deities within her body.

    There are several accounts of the origins and dwelling place of Kamadhenu. Some believe that she was born out of the churning cosmic ocean, and others believe that she is born of the creator god Daksha and wife of the sage Kashyapa. She is thought to dwell with the sage’s Jamadagni and Vashista in their hermitage. She is said to provide them with protection and all of the materials they need. She is also thought to dwell in the realm of the cows and patala, or otherwise known as the underworld.