BISWANATH CHARIALI: Sri Ganga Go-Shala located at Karibil Bengali village under Halem Revenue Circle in Gohpur subdivision in Biswanath district has been focusing mainly on cow rearing and cow worship since 1889. The number of cows increased to about 500 when the police administration started to recover smuggled cows in the district and handed them over to Sri Ganga Go-Shala Temple a few months back.
It was not possible for the temple authorities to bear the responsibility of such a large number of cows. So, Dhyan Foundation, one of the voluntary organizations from New Delhi, came forward to take over the responsibility of overseeing the cows. A volunteer of Dhyan Foundation, TN Chandrani, who hails from Hyderabad, was appointed as the in-charge of cow rearing in Sri Ganga Goshala in July, 2020. They also appointed Mahendra Raut, a veterinarian from Madhya Pradesh and a supervisor Subhash Shribas of Madhya Pradesh, along with a total number of 20 employees, including night chowkidars and cattle herders. Three large-size cowsheds were also constructed with public donations under the initiative of Shri Ganga Go-Shala Temple Management Committee led by president Shankarlal Agarwal and secretary Nandu Acharya to rear the cows.
According to information, Sri Ganga Goshala Management Committee is now facing financial hardship. They are facing difficulty in providing daily essentials like grain, paddy straw and salary of employees engaged there. The temple does not have suitable accommodation for the Dhyan Foundation functionaries in charge of overseeing 500 cows sheltered only in three cowsheds. The workers have been spending days and nights in a dilapidated room where there is no provision for toilets, bathrooms and drinking water. Local devotees and the temple management committee have sought help and cooperation from the Government of Assam to save the sheltered cows.