Venerated, beloved and beneficial – India’s Sacred Cows


The Documentary debunks a cliché. To whit: "India is the homeland for sacred cows." In fact, in its many economically booming regions the cliché could not be farther from the truth. Here, the religiously significant animals live among the turmoil of city streets, hindering the flow of traffic as they forage through rubbish. It is only out in the countryside that they are revered as family members, and represent prosperity for their owners. To Hindus the cows bring well-being and blessings. Milk, butter, Ghee and sweets made from milk are the most important elements of religious ritual. To care for and protect cows is both a Hindu's spiritual duty and his path to salvation. Using the Indian national animal as its thematic background, the film elucidates the lives, loves and hardships of the Indian peoples.

Filmographic details

Year 2006
Country Germany, India
Rights Worldwide
Award Nominated as best international contribution NaturVision 2008
Runtime 43 Min.
Channel Arte / ZDF
Author Nele Münchmeyer
Director Nele Münchmeyer
Camera Sascha Lorenc