A shocking video of a calf born with human features has caused much bewilderment in the online world. Cows which are considered a sacred animal in India, the birth of this deformed calf with a human face without a doubt received much attention and media coverage. In an extraordinary incident, taking place at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, a calf was born in an animal shelter. The baby cow was born with eyes, nose, and ears that resemble a human. The calf was hailed as an incarnation of God, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, Gokaran and worshipped by the villagers but the deformed cow died an hour later the birth.
Cows remain a matter of interest in India, with the country divided over religious and business dilemmas. In between the controversy over slaughterhouse ban and beef ban, a strange incident was reported from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar when a cow delivered a calf which resembled a human face. Unfortunately, the deformed calf could not survive and died in an hour, but that did not stop the locals from celebrating the birth of the cow with a human face, which they believe is an incarnation of God. They believe the dead calf is the ‘Gokaran’, 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. In fact, the religious believers now plan to build a temple for him.
Raja Bhaiya Mishra, 55, the manager of the cow shelter, was quoted saying, ‘It’s a miracle that the calf was born in this shelter. Thousands of people have been here to see it. We will be cremating him in three days, and a temple will be built for him. This avatar has most definitely created a devotion feeling amongst the people.’
Among the hundreds of visitors to catch a glimpse of the ‘god’, Mahesh Kathuria, 50, a local businessman who came to see the calf, said, ‘God has taken birth from the body of a local cow. We came here to seek his blessings. Religiously, it is an avatar of Vishnu. We believe it’s a similar character mentioned in Bhagavata Puran, a Hindu religious text.’
Despite the villagers claiming the calf to be Lord Vishnu avatar, the animal experts have rubbished off the claims and saying it to be a case of ‘anatomical anomaly’. But this being not an everyday incident, it has certainly caught the interest of the social media. The pictures of the dead calf with flowers garlanded around the neck and kept in a glass case is doing rounds on the internet. This news piece has certainly made us say, Holy Cow!