After enticing women to apply cow urine and dung on face to get glowing skin and beauty like that of legendary Cleopatra, an advisory released by the Gujarat Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board titled Aarogya Geeta has now claimed that cow urine has the power to keep Dracula away, according to a The Times of India news report.
It seems that just as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a creation from 1897, was scared of garlic, the 21st century Dracula of India’s hinterland is repelled by cow urine’s unique powers.
In the advisory on the benefits of the milk, dung and urine of cows, the Gujarat Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board reportedly cites fictional character Dracula as proof of the Western world’s belief in ghosts, and the diseases they can cause, claiming that only “cow urine can keep ghosts at bay”.
The advisory, according to the TOI report, states, “Many diseases occur if evil forces or ghosts enter the human body. These are called ‘Bhootmishtang’ diseases in the shashtras (Hindu scriptures).”
It also has an explanation for making this ‘claim’. “Lord Shankar is the god of all ghosts and the Ganga lives in his hair. Nandi (the holy bull in Hindu belief) is a vehicle of Lord Shankar. Cow urine contains the Ganga. Ghosts run away from cow urine because Nandi was the son of Gau Mata or mother cow,” it reportedly states.
“Modern science does not accept the existence of ghosts, but various civilizations accept the existence of ghosts, vampires, evil forces and witches. The Western Christian civilization accepts the existence of Dracula. Many films were made on it. Islamic beliefs accept the existence of Satan,” says a chapter from Aarogya Geeta.
Dr Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of the board, reportedly said the views regarding ghosts or Dracula in the advisory is those of the writer.
He, however, maintained that research should be conducted on the existence of ghosts and other supernatural elements. “Today, people do not believe in ghosts and satanic powers, but there is a scope of research in this area,” Kathiria told TOI.