Why do Hindus avoid eating beef? Most people believe that only Hindus avoid eating beef in India because the cow is considered a Hindu god. In reality, most Indians, including Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, and others, have avoided beef since antiquity. Despite the fact that my family and I are Muslims, we do not eat beef.
Cows and humans have coexisted peacefully for thousands of years. People used to get very attached to cows when they lived in the jungles. Indians capture jungle cows and raise them as domestic animals. Bulls help with agriculture and bull carting, whereas cows help with reproduction and provide food in the form of cow’s milk. Indians have continued to practice this custom for thousands of years.
Cows are revered in Indian culture as valuable resources that support farming and daily life, and killing them is prohibited. Even fifty years ago, Indian farmers used bulls extensively in agriculture. Bulls are not used as much as they once were due to tractors and other machines, as well as the fact that they are more expensive to maintain.
The existence of cow festivals serves as evidence that Indians still have a special bond with cows. Throughout India, people of various races celebrate the cow festival under various names. Another reason Indians do not eat beef is that they have been drinking cow’s milk since birth, so they regard cows as mothers. They also regard the bull as a father figure because it labors alongside men in the paddy fields to produce food for humans.