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Hindu Ascetic’s Standing Feat for Cow Shed

March 30, 1988

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ A Hindu ascetic has been standing for three months in the western state of Gujarat to collect funds for a shelter for holy cows.

Ramanuj Vaishnavdas, 24, has been on his feet under a tree in front of a temple in Palanpur town day and night to collect 5,551 rupees (about $427). He wants to build a shelter for the cows, which are considered holy and an image of the mother by the Hindus.

The sadhu, or ascetic, takes a break only for 15 minutes every morning for his ritual bath, the United News of India news agency reported Wednesday.

He sleeps and eats - only one meal a day - while standing.

Cow shelters and orphanages are common in India, where cows roam freely on the streets and often are a traffic hazard. Cow slaughter is illegal in many of India’s 25 states.

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