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Does Tirupati Balaji deity is only offered only Punganur cows to perform abhishek of Lord Venkateshwara?

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Fake news claim: A viral video and several pictures claim that Tirupati Balaji is only offered Tirupati Punganur cow, to perform Abhishek to Lord Venkateshwara.

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तिरुपति बालाजी की जय
इस गाय की कीमत है 12 करोड़ रूपये और यह प्रतिदिन करीब 100 लीटर दूध देती है।
यह पुंगनुर गाय है। केवल इसी गाय के दूध से ही तिरुपति भगवान का अभिषेक होता है।इसको देखना बहुत ही शुभ माना गया है। आप दर्शन करे ओर दूसरे को कराए

Google Translate: Jai of Tirupati Balaji

The cost of this cow is 12 crores and it gives about 100 liters of milk per day.

This is the Punganur cow. It is only with this cow's milk that Tirupati is anointed to the Lord. It is considered very auspicious to watch. You visit and get others

यह "पुंगनुर" गाय है। केवल इसी गाय के दूध से ही तिरुपति भगवान का अभिषेक होता है।

इसका दर्शन बहुत ही शुभ माना गया है।

इस की कीमत है 12 करोड़ रुपये (बेचने की तो सोचना भी घोर पाप है).. .

और यह प्रतिदिन करीब 100 लीटर दूध देती है ।

इस गाय की कीमत है 12 करोड़ रूपये और यह प्रतिदिन करीब 100 लीटर दूध देती है।
यह पुंगनुर गाय है। केवल इसी गाय के दूध से ही तिरुपति भगवान का अभिषेक होता है।इसको देखना बहुत ही शुभ माना गया है।
ज्यादा से ज्यादा #शेयर करे ताकि ओर भी दर्शन कर सके।

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Facts Check: False

News Verification: Thousands of users have shared the viral video and several pictures viral on social media claiming that Punganur cow is used to perform Abhishek to Lord Venkateshwara.

The information shared and asked to share in the name of getting blessings is not true.

As per 2011 news published on TheHindu, Perhaps, this is why the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has about 200 Punganur cows in its cattle-yard. Ghee prepared from the milk of these cows is being used in ‘Archana' (offering) for Lord Venkateswara.

Tirupati Punganur cow numbers have gone down over time and the breed is near to its extinction, so the number of Tirupati Punganur cows used at Tirupati Balaji temple is very less.

There are other breeds of cows used at Tirupati, this is Ongole, Gir and Sahiwal breed of cows.


Punganur dwarf cattle which originated from the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh in southern India is among the world's smallest humped cattle breeds.[citation needed] The Punganur breed's milk has a high-fat content. While cow milk normally has a fat content of 3 to 3.5 percent, the Punganur breed's milk contains 8 percent.

The cow has an average milk yield of 3 to 5 liters/day and has a daily feed intake of 5 kg. It is highly drought-resistant and able to survive exclusively on dry fodder.

The Punganur is on the verge of extinction, with some 60 odd animals remaining.[citation needed] This decline is mainly due to the Indian Government's 2013 objective of 'bettering' Indian cattle breeds with Holstein-Friesian and Jersey cattle traits from developed countries, and banning[citation needed] the rearing of native bull breeds.


Ongole cattle

Ongole cattle is an indigenous cattle breed that originates from Prakasam District in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The breed derives its name from the place the breed originates from, Ongole. The Ongole breed of cattle, Bos Indicus, has a great demand as it is said to possess resistance to both foot and mouth disease and mad cow disease. These cattle are commonly used in bull fights in Mexico and some parts of East Africa due to their strength and aggressiveness. They also participate in traditional bull fights in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Cattle breeders use the fighting ability of the bulls to choose the right stock for breeding in terms of purity and strength.

The weight of an Ongole female is 432 to 455 kg. Milk yield is 600 kg to 2518 kg. The lactation period is 279 days. Ongole milk has a butterfat content of over five percent. This results in large, well-nourished calves with considerable growth by the time of weaning. Ongole cows stay close to their calves to protect them from predatory animals.


Sahiwal cows: Sahiwal is a breed of Zebu cattle which primarily is used in dairy production. The name Sahiwal originates from the Sahiwal district of Punjab province in Pakistan [2] and is found in Sahiwal in Pakistan, Ferozpur, Amritsar (Punjab )and Sri Ganganagar(Rajasthan) in India.[3] They produce the most milk of all zebu breeds, followed by the very similar Red Sindhi and Butana breeds.


* All image from Wikipedia

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