Kamdhenu Deepawali 2021 campaign was launched to manufacture and market more than 100 crore cow-dung based Deepak lamps and Laxmi-Ganesh idols. Dr Vallabhbhai Kathiria, former Cabinet Minister and former Chairman of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, organised a national webinar with his team launching Kamdhenu Deepawali.
Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Minister Purushottam Rupala participated in the event that was joined by cow Entrepreneurs and cow lovers across India.
Kamdhenu Deepawali seeks to make cows to be economically useful by proper economic use of cow dung and cow urine too along with its milks, curd and ghee. More than 300 items are being made now by panchgavya from cow. This includes Laxmi-Ganesh idols, Deepawali items like Deepak, lamps, candles, sambrani cup, havan samagri, incense sticks, hard board and wall pieces made of cow dung.
The Gomaya lamps made by cow entrepreneurs and cow owners will save the environment by providing an eco-friendly alternative to chemical based Chinese lights. Last year, crores of cow dung Deepak lamps were manufactured across the country. Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog provided training along with many volunteer organisations across India. This gave rise to a large number of cow dung based start ups. This time the campaign is committed to take the initiative to higher levels. Cow entrepreneurs across India will benefit from this campaign. This eco-friendly campaign will also help Gaushalas to become self sustainable.
Dr Vallabhbhai Kathiria said that we have generated interest of farmers, unemployed, self-help groups, youth and women entrepreneurs in cow dung based startups through various national campaigns. The result is visible through so many start ups of Panchgavya products.
Neeraj Chowdhary, young entrepreneur from Uttarakhand demonstrated in webinar how to make cow-dung based lamps and Laxmi Ganesh idols within minute. He also exhibited wide range of cow-dung based products. He presented nameplate of Cabinet Minister Purushottam Rupala Ji which was made up of cow dung. He also talked about the training program that his organisation is providing for cow-dung based products.
Purushottam Rupala motivated all the cow entrepreneurs and Gaushala owners present in the webinar.
Ajit Prasad Mahapatra, Akhil Bharatiya Gau Seva Gatividhi Sanyojak, encouraged everyone to start using Panchgavya products made up of cow in some form in our daily life and in every moments of celebration. He suggested opening of Gaushalas in Jails where products should be made using Panchgavya from cows.