Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My World Tuesday

The white Amrita Mahal ox is a favourite means of transport for short distances in these parts. Farmers transport goods in these ox carts . It is a familiar sight on the Bangalore- Mysore highway . These pictures were snapped on January 1.
Families travel in these ox carts too, although it can be rather bumpy.
Amrita Mahal cows have been bred by the Maharajahs of Mysore since the 16th century. In 1617, the Maharaja reserved pastures especially for this breed of cattle by an ordinance. The cattle are always white, thin and incredibly strong. Farmers love them and value them - they say that these oxen are more faithful than dogs. In the 17th century, these oxen were used by Tipu Sultan in battles against the British, as they are not scared of gun fire.
Since they have been bred for strength, the cows of Amrita Mahal breed have very little milk, which is used for medicinal purposes.
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  1. This is informative, I didn't know there was a special breed like this.

    A Very Happy New Year to you!

  2. I didn't know there was a breed like that either. Very interesting and great shots as always. Hope your new year is off to a good start! Enjoy!


  3. What a neat looking Ox. A great post and information. Thanks for sharing! I wish you and yours all the best in 2011.

  4. I want to ride. Very informative post.

  5. Fascinating post. I wasn't familiar with these animals are the transportation they support. Happy New Year!

  6. i didn't know about this breed either...very interesting post!

  7. Interesting post for me too! Very informative indeed! Happy New Year to you!

  8. Thanks for commenting on my entry.
    I agree with many comments above. It's very informative entry and I could learn new things. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.