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Rashtrotthana Goushala

Introduction

Rashtrotthana Goushala was established in December 2007 and is situated at a valley near Ghati in Doddaballapur taluk, 60 Kms from Bengaluru. Spread over 110 acres of cultivable land, it is set in a picturesque location with rolling hills, ponds and streams.
 
The Goshala is home to several long distance birds from other continents and also many local birds. It is also home to many small animals like monkeys and squirrels. Apart from this, the Goshala is protecting cows of 10 indigenous species including oxen, bulls, cows and calves. There are in all 650 cows that call the Goshala their home.

The cow breeds vary from

  • Native Hallikar
  • Malenadu Gidda
  • Deoni from Maharashtra\
  • Gir from Gujrat
  • Kankrej from Rajasthan
  • Sahiwal from Haryana
  • Ongole from Andhra
  • Khillari from Karnataka
  • Baragur from Tamil Nadu
  • Tharparkar from Rajasthan
  • Rati, Jawari and many more. 

Innovative practices at the Goshala

Maintain a balance between cattle rearing, dairy, organic farming, natural treatment and sustainable practices. Solar and Gobar Gas electricity for Goshala lighting and running all bore wells and motors. Green fodder produced throughout the year using Hydrophonic methods. Manure from 22 compost pits of Organic waste and cow dung distributed to farmers. Information center on different cow species and profitable organic farming. Special efforts are being made for the development of the breeds. Compost, manures and Agnihotri are being prepared using cow dung.
Vermicompost is being prepared with earth worms. This vermicompost is being distributed to the farmers around. A program has been started in Goshala to prepare Gomutra Araka, Dhoopa, Jeevamruta, Ghana Jeevamruta, pesticide, Bharani, dantamanjana, Gochurna, Gomaya bhasma and sell the same to the farmers at low rates.

Distribution of free bullocks/bulls

A plan has been implemented to distribute free bullocks/bulls to the farmers in the neighboring villages to help them. About 35 pairs of bullocks/bulls have been distributed to farmers (to people in rural areas in Mandya, Doddaballapura, Gauribidanuru, Pandavapura, Melukote, Hiriyuru, Madduru)

Priority to breed development

Rashtrotthana Goshala has decided to offer support programs for Goshalas working on the preservation of indigenous cows. As the initial step in this, indigenous bullocks are being distributed to various Goshalas for the development of breed.People have been visiting for the study and training on cow development from various parts of the state.

Contribution of the Goshala to the society

Local cowherds and villagers employed (few with accommodation):

60 Oxen pairs and bulls donated to local farmers
302 cows accepted from farmers from drought affected areas:
80 cows left for care and treatment in Rashtrotthana Goshalaby the Police department on the directive of the court:
6 other Goshalas were donated with superior indigenous breed bulls for cow breeding:

61 non-farmers and IT professionals have learnt about farming and cows:

HOW CAN I HELP?

Rs. 700Adopt 1 Sapling for 1 year Purchase + plantation + maintenance
Rs. 2,500Grass for 1 day For one shed of 100 cows
Rs. 3,000Fodder for 1 day For the entire Goshala
Rs. 7,000Grass for 1 day For the entire Goshala
Rs. 10,000Grass and Fodder for 1 day For the entire Goshala
Rs. 20,000Adopt a cow and a calf for 1 year Fodder and maintenance
Rs. 30,00,000New shed construction 100 ft by 60 ft
Rs. 15,00,000Compound for Grazing Area Grazing area of 2 kms by 80 ft

Preservation and growth and development of Indian indigenous breed of cows

Cow has been given a sacred place in India since the ancient times. Cow is not only an animal that gives us milk. It has been given an important place in every stage of the development of human life and the Indians believe that a cow is the abode of the gods. But cow is being branded as a milk vending machine thanks to the foreign mentality. The greatness of the cow is disappearing because of this mentality. Cows are being considered only as a source of milk and the Indian breed cows are being neglected. Because of this, Rashtrotthan Parishat is managing a Goushala for the preservation and growth and development of (indigenous) Indian cow breed near Shri Ghati Subramanya nestled near Doddaballapur

  • Goshala is near Ghati Subramanya situated near Doddaballapur. In this vast 110 acres of land, special integration activities that bring together the land, forest and the cows are being held.
  • 10 breeds are being preserved in this environment which is ideal for cow breeding and the breeds that are being preserved include Gir from Gujarat, Sahival from Haryana, Kankrij from Rajasthan, CarParker from Rajasthan-Haryana, Devani from Maharashtra, Hallikar from the interiors of the south, Gidda, Hongol, Javari and Amritamahal from Malanad
  • More than 500 cattle, including bullocks, bulls, cows and calf have been give protection.

Special activities

Special plans to develop “Brindavan” – developing forest

There is an emotional attachment between the land, forest and indigenous cows. Based on this fact, Rashtrotthan Parishat has undertaken a plan to grow forests in the 20 acre land in Goshala. This plan is named “Brindavan”.

  • A forest is being developed in the 20 acre land near well known Makali Gudda in 4 concepts
  • Guidance by well known environmental expert Dr. Yellappa Reddy
  • Flora and fauna which are complementary to the traditional local animals and birds with medicinal and Ayurvedic properties
  • Irrigation system using complete solar power
  • Water preservation plan without wasting a single drop of water
  • A ‘Mahavana’ is being established in the initial stages and in the future, forests will be formed here under 4 unique concepts, namely Tapovana, Shrivana and Vasudaiva Kutumbakam

Ever increasing urbanization has been the trend for the last several decades due to variouschallenges in rural areas. It has become imperative to reverse this trend now. Climaticextremities, drying up of underground water, land becoming barren, skyrocketing of farming

costs and increasing per-capita income in urban areas have contributed to the worsening ofthe rural scene. Post-independence decades saw negligence of the farming sector. The later period had the goal of maximization of agricultural production resulting in serious imbalancein agricultural environment. Demand for food from increased population caused expansion of farming area, but in this process major irrigation projects swallowed large stretches of land.Thus, grazing land of cattle and forest areas have shrunk. Unlimited use of chemical fertilizers has reduced the dependence on organic farming. Mechanization of agriculture hasincreased. These have made the farmer move away from cattle care. We have drifted farfrom the period when it was a matter of pride to possess more cattle. Agriculture is thus facing multiple crises.

TOTAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Rural development based on cattle has become the need of the hour. We have to restore thegrowth potential in land. Farming has to be freed from chemical onslaught. Self-sufficiencyhas to be promoted in rural areas. Planning self- employment based on cattle has to beinitiated. Research and trials have to be organized in this background. Rashtrotthana Parishat has come forward to involve itself in this work. Goshala is an important step in this path. Goal: Total rural development

Aim:


Protection of depleting cattle-wealth of local breeds. Agricultural activity with reducedfarming costs based on cattle, training programmes for self- employment based on cattle,creation of jobs using local resources to retain rural talent, increasing rural per-capita income.

Action Plan:


Total rural development with the Goshala at the centre. It intends to create anenthusiastic environment through progress on following lines.

Projects

Development of local breeds.  Centre for milk production for local breeds. Production unit of organic manure. Organic farming food products vegetables / fruits, horticulture Medical plant Agriculture, forestry Veterinary centre Gobar Gas unit Protection of water, ground-watermanagement Protection of growth potential of land Nature cure Gurukul based on cattle-centric farming Non-residential education and training centre.

Address

Ghati, Doddaballapur taluk,
60 Kms from Bengaluru
Ghati, Subramanya, Doddaballapura, Karnataka 561203