Chin chin: Urine-drinking Hindu cultbelieves a warm cup before sunrise straight from a virgin cow heals cancer -and followers are queuing up to try it
A growing cult of Hindu worshippers inIndia claim that drinking fresh cow urine will help cure them of all diseases -including cancer.
The Hindu believers regard the cow as aholy animal and say her urine has divine healing properties.
Jairam Singhal, 42, has been drinking cowpee for over a decade and was keen to testify to its health benefits.
'I had diabetes, but ever since I have started drinking cow urine, my diabeteslevels have been under control,' Jairam said.
'Someone told me drinking cow urine is goodfor health.
'We have had cows here for over 12 years now, so first thing in the morning wetake cow urine and drink it.'
In the north Indian city of Agra, dozensgather at the cow shelter of DD Singhal to have a fresh glass of cow urine.
'Lots of people come here. And of late, thenumbers have been rising. We all gather in the morning and drink fresh urinethat Mother cow offers us,' Singhal said.
'Just a few years ago, there would hardlybe anyone interested in taking cow urine from our shelter.
'But today lots of people come to our cowshelter. There are cancer patients sometimes - they want to see the benefits ofcow urine.'
Many say the recent increase in the numberof people drinking cow urine can be attributed to campaigns run by spiritualleaders.
Followers of the cult claim cow urine cansuccessfully be used to combat cancer, diabetes, tumours, tuberculosis, stomachproblems and much more.
They also claim that drinking cow pee isthe only effective solution for treating baldness.
'Only two things are pure in this universe, in this world. One is the waterfrom the Holy Ganges river and the other is urine from mother holy cow,' RameshGupta, a Hindu priest, said.
'Cow urine has been mentioned in ancientHindu scriptures. No one can doubt the good effects it has on the human body.It is a divine gift from God.'
Followers like Gupta, however, insist thaturine from every cow cannot be beneficial.
'The cow, whose urine one has to drink,should be a virgin - she must not have delivered a calf.
Also, the urine is to be collected justbefore sunrise - that urine has the best effect,' he said.
However, there are people who oppose theclaims made by preachers.
'People keep saying all kinds of thingsabout cow urine, but we don't mind. People don't know what this is. They havenever experienced the taste of cow urine or its effects, so how can they judgeit,' Singhal said.
'It is just a matter of time before peoplerealise the utility of cow urine.'
He is now eyeing to cash in on the growingtrend and has plans to start manufacturing cow urine products on a commercialscale.
'We can manufacture eye drops, medicinesfor stomach ailments, toothpaste, bathing soaps, herbal powdered medicine,among other things, from cow urine,' he said.
'Many cow shelters are manufacturing theseproducts. There is a lot of demand for these products. They have good sales.'