Second visit to Sri Ramachandrapura Matha
Several months ago, I had visited Sri Ramachandrapura Matha at Hosanagara, near Shimoga. Recently, we visited the place once again. This time, I had carried my camera and managed to click several photographs. The place is one of the most serene and beautiful places I have seen. Plus the Goshale there is absolutely amazing. There are several hundred cows being taken care of there. In all, over 30 Indian breeds are being sheltered there.
The matha has a policy of breeding only Indian cows. The philosophy is that indigenous Indian cows are the best suited for our environment and are extremely disease resistant also. Consequently, one does not find even a single foreign breed of cow in the entire matha.
Whenever I visit this place, I am instantly reminded of my visit to Vrindavan in UP. This place, just like Vrindavan, is so full of cows everywhere. You will tens of cows on the streets, in the fields, inside the temple and so on.
The Goshale is an extremely clean and well maintained place. Each breed is housed separately. They are well fed and cleaned regularly. One can gather that the whole task requires extreme dedication and attention. In fact, I saw one board which indicated that several thousand rupees are needed for the maintenance of the place for a single day!
The biggest of them all was a massive 8ft one.
There are some very nice places around the Goshale such as a Gurukula where they teach Vedas to young student, a girls school, the Sharavathy river bank and some old temples. There is also a new memorial constructed recently – in the shape of a cow’s face.
Overall, it is an extremely interesting and culturally enriching place to visit. Plus the excellent accomodation, at only Rs 200/- per day, is an added bonus. And free food, of course. The Kashaya given there is also yummy and healthy. I strongly recommend people to visit this place.
The Matha is located 350kms away from Bangalore. It is located 75kms from Shimoga. One needs to take the Sagara road from Shimoga and turn towards Ripponpet at Ayanur. Cross Ripponpet and reach Hosanagara. The Matha is 9kms from Hosanagara.
You can see many more photos of our visit to the Goshale at my gallery here.