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60,000 Cow Dung Rakhis to Be Exported to America and Mauritius

The popular Hindu festival, to be celebrated on August 11, is observed on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana.

60,000 Cow Dung Rakhis to Be Exported to America and Mauritius

Sentinel Digital Desk

NEW DELHI: Indians residing in America and Mauritius will celebrate a unique Raksha Bandhan this year as people will tie organic cow dung rakhis from Jaipur on their wrists.

While an order for 40,000 rakhis has come from America, another order for 20,000 rakhis has been received from Mauritius, said Atul Gupta from the Organic Farmer Producer Association of India.

According to Sangeeta Gaur, national president of the women's wing of the Association, "This year, rakhis made of cow dung will be the centre of attraction not only in India but also abroad. These rakhis have been made from indigenous cow dung in Sunrise Organic Park of the Sripinjrapole Gaushala complex. Our women's unit has decided to export herbal rakhis made from cow dung and seeds on Raksha Bandhan. These rakhis will symbolise the sacred relationship of brother and sister to the overseas Indians," she added.

These rakhis will be sold at about 250 places through a distributor in Jaipur city. Earlier, Kuwait-based Lamor had placed an order for 192 metric tonnes of indigenous cow dung. "Sunrise Agriland and Development Research got this order," Atul Gupta told IANS. Prashant Chaturvedi, the company's director, said that this is probably the first time that the dung of cows from India is being imported by Kuwait.

The popular Hindu festival, to be celebrated on August 11, is observed on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana.

On this day, sisters of all ages tie a talisman, or amulet, called the Rakhi, around the wrists of their brothers, symbolically protecting them, receiving a gift in return, and traditionally investing the brothers with a share of the responsibility of their potential care.


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