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A goshala at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

Gaushalas or Goshalas are protective shelters for cows in India. Goshalas focus on treating cows well out of their religious significance in Hinduism and consequent cultural sensitivity towards their welfare.


Goshala, a Sanskrit word ("Go" means cow and "Shala" means a shelter place: Go + Shala = shelter for cows), means the abode or sanctuary for cows, calves and oxen.[1] Apart from providing sanctuary, the Goshala also rescues the animals destined for illegal slaughter.[2]


India's first goshala is thought to have been established in Rewari by Rao Yudhishter Singh Yadav.[3][4] There are now Goshala all over India.

United Kingdom[edit]

The UK's only Goshala is New Gokul, located at the Hare Krishna temple in Bhaktivedanta Manor.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "300 cattle head for goshala everyday". Times Of India. 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Setting up of gaushala in Kharar ordered". Express India. 1999-05-24. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 
  3. ^ Rastogi, Nawal Kishore (2002-04-27). "In stoic silence, historical tanks of Rewari await tourists". Tribune India. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  4. ^ Satish Chandra Mittal (1986). Haryana, a Historical Perspective. Atlantic Publishers & Distri. pp. 4–. GGKEY:WZ4ZX97B5N2. 
  5. ^ "Grand Opening Of The Five Star Hilton For Krishna Cows". ISKCON News. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  6. ^ Das, Radha Mohan (2010-11-13). "New Farm Complex at Bhaktivedanta Manor". Vina.cc. Retrieved 2014-01-06.