Aurangabad: People of a village in Hingoli district in Maharashtra call themselves descendants of Lord Krishna and do not sell milk but give it to the needy for free. Many farmers and leaders of Maharashtra had demonstrated this month demanding increase in milk prices and even spread milk on the streets, whereas the people of Yelegaon Gawali never sold milk. Almost every household in the village has milch cattle.
Rajabhau Mandade (60), a resident of the village, said, “Yelegaon Gavali simply means the village of milkmen. We consider ourselves descendants of Lord Krishna and therefore we do not sell milk. ”At least 90 per cent of the households in the village have other cattle including cows, buffalo and goat and the tradition of not selling milk has been going on for generations. He told that when there is more milk, different milk products are made, but no one is sold and the needy are distributed free of cost.
He said, “Janmashtami is celebrated with great pomp in the village. There is a Krishna temple in the village. However, due to the Kovid-19 pandemic, all programs have been canceled this time.
The sarpanch of the village, Sheikh Kausar (44) said that the villagers of all religions adopt the tradition of not selling milk. He said, “No man in the village, whether Hindu or Muslim or belongs to any other religion, does not sell the milk of his cattle.”