AGRA, India: The 42-year-old Jairam Singhal, a Hindu in the north Indian city of Agra, has been drinking cow pee for over a decade as his cult believes that cow urine can successfully be used to combat cancer, diabetes, tumours, tuberculosis, stomach problems and much more.
The Hindu believers, who regard the cow as a holy animal and say her urine has divine healing properties, also claim that drinking cow pee is the only effective solution for treating baldness.
“I had diabetes, but ever since I have started drinking cow urine, my diabetes levels have been under control,” Jairam said. “Someone told me drinking cow urine is good for health.”
“We have had cows here for over 12 years now, so first thing in the morning we take cow urine and drink it.”
DD Singhal, founder of the Agra Gaushala Foundation and a resident in Agra, said that dozens of people gather at his cow shelter to have a fresh glass of cow urine.
“Lots of people come here. And of late, the numbers have been rising. We all gather in the morning and drink fresh urine that Mother cow offers us,” Singhal said.
“Just a few years ago, there would hardly be anyone interested in taking cow urine from our shelter.” “But today lots of people come to our cow shelter. There are cancer patients sometimes – they want to see the benefits of cow urine.”
Singhal said that he is now eyeing to cash in on the growing trend and has plans to start manufacturing cow urine products on a commercial scale. “We can manufacture eye drops, medicines for stomach ailments, toothpaste, bathing soaps, herbal powdered medicine, among other things, from cow urine,” he said.
“Many cow shelters are manufacturing these products. There is a lot of demand for these products. They have good sales,” he said.
Ramesh Gupta, a Hindu priest, said that “Only two things are pure in this universe, in this world. One is the water from the Holy Ganges river and the other is urine from mother holy cow.”
“Cow urine has been mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures. No one can doubt the good effects it has on the human body. It is a divine gift from God.”
However, followers like Gupta, insist that urine from every cow cannot be beneficial.
“The cow, whose urine one has to drink, should be a virgin – she must not have delivered a calf. Also, the urine is to be collected just before sunrise – that urine has the best effect,” Gupta said.