How much do you think Bheema, a Murrah buffalo costs. If you guessed a whopping ₹14 crores, you would be right!
Surprised? Here’s the story…
The cattle fair in Pushkar, outside Ajmer in Rajasthan, is one of the oldest and largest such fairs in India. It is visited every year by cattle breeders and tourists alike. Cattle, camels and horses are traded and gawked at at this fair that spans 5-7 days. Hindus also like to visit the Pushkar Lake as they believe that it is holy. This year, the fair was held between Nov 4 and 12. One of the major highlights this year? Visitors thronged to try and catch a glimpse of the magnificent Bheema, a six and a half year old Murrah buffalo that weighs 1300 kg and is estimated to cost around ₹14 crores.
What are Murrah buffaloes? Murrah buffaloes are found in Punjab and Harayana, and are used for milk production. They are black in colour and may have white markings on their head and neck. The average weight of the bull is around 700 kg whereas the cow is 550kg.
Belonging to Jawahar Lal Jangid from Jodhpur, this is Bheema’s second appearance at the Pushkar fair. Since last year, his weight has increased by 100 kgs and his value by 2 crores!
Obviously, he is very well taken care of as his owners spend ₹1.5 lakhs per month on him.
What on earth does he eat every day? 1 kg of ghee, ½ kg of butter, 200 gms of honey, 25 litres of milk, and 1 kg of cashews-almonds!
Written by: Preetika Soni. Preetika is a full – time toddler mommy. In the time that is left, she enjoys writing, photography and crochet. She has worked with NDTV, Mumbai and has taught at SCMSophia.