When I was coming down the steps of Batu caves, I suddenly saw this idol. And I had to take a photo of it. Believe me, I was pleasantly surprised. I had never seen a cow with a woman’s breasts ! Forgive me for my lack of knowledge of Hindu mythology.
Later, I wanted to learn about this idol and this is what I know now.
Goddess Kamadhenu, a divine goddess, is also known as Surabhi. Kamadhenu, the sacred cow, is an integral part of Hindu mythology and grants all wishes and desires to the true seeker. She is termed as the “cow of plenty”.
Goddess Kamadhenu at Batu caves, Kuala Lumpur.
In iconography, she is generally depicted as a white cow with a female head and female breasts or as a white cow containing various deities within her body. It has polychromatic wings like a tropical bird and a peacock’s tail. Her milk is streams over a Shiva linga, only to be channeled by the yoni to become a sacrificial oblation in the sacred fire.
Of course, all these would have some meaning I am ignorant and uninterested about.
All cows are venerated in Hinduism as the earthly embodiment of the Kamadhenu.
As such, Kamadhenu is not worshipped independently as a goddess and temples are not dedicated to her honor alone; rather, she is honored by the veneration of cows in general.
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