colour of biestings of Indian cow???

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Wed Feb 12 02:43:32 UTC 2003

I have not seen the biestings of Indian cows directly, but I have eaten numerous times in Pune a sweet thinkened milk dish made out of it that is called kharvas in Marathi.  It always looked a little yellowish, never greenish or redish.


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> From:         Jan E.M. Houben
> Reply To:     Indology
> Sent:         Tuesday, February 11, 2003 8:52 PM
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> Subject:           colour of biestings of Indian cow???
> The freshly pressed Soma is in the .RV
> occasionally referred to with the term piiy/
> 'biestings' (i.e. the milk of a cow the first few
> days after calving; it contains special nutrients
> and protective/purifying substances needed by the
> calf only in its first few days). The term is
> sometimes cited as a reason to believe that the
> Soma must have had a milky nature of its own,
> i.e. even before being mixed with cow's milk.
> (Even though even dh/ii thoughts are "milked" in
> the Veda so that the insistence on literalness is
> not compelling.) Hence this would point in the
> direction of a plant with milky juice, and
> constitute an argument against ephedra, one of
> the current main candidates.
> HOWEVER, according to a thoroughly acquainted
> relative, the biestings of a cow may have all
> kinds of colours, green, reddish, etc. but is
> normally not milky white. This does not apply to
> e.g. the first milk of a goat after getting a
> kid. My question: does anyone know whether the
> Indian cow's biestings is milky white or
> colourful?
> Thanks, Jan
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