Importance Of Animal Excretes In Hinduism

1. Salvation Through Bathing in Urine

📚Agni Purana 292.12-13📚
One should bathe in the urine of a cow, maintain himself with milk and move with the cows eating after they had eaten. It is known as govrata. One would become free from the sins in a month. He would attain the world of cows and reach heaven.”  (source)

📚Parashar smriti 11.28📚
Urine of the cow, cow- dung, milk, curd, and ghee, these five are the five articles derived from a cow. They, and water in which the kusa grass has been dipped, – are themselves pure, and therefore purify the sin.”  (source)

📚Manusmriti 11.91-92📚
A twice-born man who has (intentionally) drunk, through delusion of mind, (the spirituous liquor called) Sura shall drink that liquor boiling-hot; when his body has been completely scalded by that, he is freed from his guilt; Or he may drink cow’s urine, water, milk, clarified butter or (liquid) cowdung boiling-hot, until he dies.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 292.10-11📚
One should drink hot urine, hot ghee, and hot milk, each one for three days and consume air only for the next three days. This vow known as taptakrcchra would destroy all sins and confer the world of Brahma. It is known as sitakrcchra if done with cold things (as above). It was described by Brahma. It would yield the world of Brahma.”  (source)

2. Importance of Cow Dung

📚Agni Purana 90.7-14📚
The body of the disciple should be rubbed over with Kanjika, (decotion of rice), ashes of burnt clay, grass, cow dung, Golaka, white mustard, and washings of curd…”  (source)

📚Devi Bhagawatam 11.12.1-20📚
The pure cowdung of the Kapila (brown) cow is to be taken up by the hand before it reaches the ground.”  (source)

📚Mahabharat 13.76📚
Commencing again from that lunation, numbering the eight, which is known by the name of Kamya, he should pass three nights, supporting himself entirely on milk and urine and dung of the cow.”  (source)

📚Garuda Purana 1.50.11📚
The most excellent form of bathing, namely, Vayavya, consists in rubbing on the body the powder of cow-dung.”  (source)

📚Devi Bhagawatam 11.10.1-33📚
Then form a round ball of fresh cowdung and purifying it by Mantram place it on fire and carefully watch it. On that day, the devotee is to take Haviṣyānna (a sacred food of boiled rice with ghee).”  (source)

📚Devi Bhagawatam Book 11 Chp 11📚
Nārāyaṇa said :– O Nārada! I am now talking of the three kinds of ashes; hearing this even destroys one’s sins and brings in good fame. When a cow evacuates her dung, just as the cow dung leaves her and is far from reaching the ground, one should catch it with one’s hand and this cow-dung burnt with “Sadyojātādi,” i.e., Brahmā Mantra, becomes ashes which are called “Śāntika Bhaṣma,” i.e., ashes producing peace. Before the cowdung is about to reach the ground, the devotee should take it with his hand and uttering the six lettered Mantra, he is to burn the cowdung. The ashes from this are called Pauṣṭik Bhaṣma, i.e., ashes leading to nourishment. If the cowdung be burned with the Mantra “Haum,” the ashes of this are called “Kāmada Bhaṣma,” i.e., ashes leading to the granting of desires. O Nārada! On the full moon day, new moon day or on the eighth lunar day, a man is to get up from his bed early in the morning and be pure and go the cow enclosure. He is to salute the cows and take the cowdung, uttering the Mantra Haum. If he be a Brāhmin, he is to collect the white cow dung; if he be a Kṣattriya, he would take the red cow dung; a Vaiśya, yellow cow dung and if he be a Śūdra, he would take the black cow dung. Then by the mantra “Namaḥ” he is to form that into a ball and cover it with the husk of rice or some other grain and dry it in a sacred place, repeating the mantra “Haum.” Bring fire from a forest or from the house of a Veda-knowing Brāhmin and reduce the cowdung to ashes by this mantra, uttering the mantra Haum.”  (source)

📚Usana Sambita 5.1📚
Having purified himself with cow-dung and water and being self- controlled, the performer of a Shraddha saluting all the twice-born, should invite them with welcome words.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 292.1-4📚
A king should protect cows and brahmins. I shall describe the propitiation of cows [i.e., go-śānti]. Cows are sacred and auspicious. The world is sustained by them. Their feces and urine are the excellent destroyers of poverty. Stroking of a cow and the water from its horns would destroy multitudes of sins. The urine and feces of a cow, milk, curd, clarified butter and rocanā (yellow pigment got from a cow) are the six constituents that are excellent and when drunk they would prevent bad dreams etc. (Go) rocanā is capable of nullifying poison and demons. One who feeds the cow with a morsel of food would go to heaven. In whose house cows are ill-kept, that person would go to hell.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 267.4-6📚
Bathing with ghee is said to be excellent for the lengthening of life. (Bathing) with cow-dung would be (conferring) fortune. (Bathing) with cow’s urine would destroy the sins. (Bathing) with milk would be (giving) strong intellect and with curd, would further fortune. One would be destroying the sins by bathing with kuśa grass and would get all the things by bathing with the five things got from a cow. One would get everything (by bathing) with śatamūla. One would destroy the sins (by bathing) with the waters (touched by) the horns of a cow. One would get everything by bathing with palāśabilva, lotus and kuśa (grass).”  (source)

📚MahaBharat 13.78📚
One should always bathe, using cow-dung at the time. One should sit on dried cowdung. One should never cast one’s urine and excreta and other secretions on cowdung.”  (source)

2.1 Cow’s Urine is Tranquility and Prosperity 

📚Markandeya Purana 29.8📚
The support of everything is this cow, my child, which consists of the three Vedas, in which the universe is established, and which is believed to be the cause of the universe. Her back is the Rig- Veda; her loins the Yajur-Veda; her face and neck the Sama-Veda; and her horns are pious acts; her hair the excellent words of the good; her ordure and urine are tranquillity and prosperity; she is supported on feet which are the four classes; she is the sustenance of the worlds; being imperishable she does not wane.”  (source)

2.2 Dung and Urine as Medicine

📚Agni Purana 298.3📚
When one is bitten by (the snake called) rājila, he should drink pepper with rock-salt. Clarified butter, honey and cow-dung water (taken) with purītaki would remove poison.”  (source)

📚Garuda Purana 1.177.44📚
Watery portion squeezed out of cowdung mixed with the juice of Kakajangha and drunk with milk quells Vismajvara (chronic intermitten fever).”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 285.72-74a📚
Clarified butter together with the three myrobalans is an excellent remedy against blindness. One should drink ghee boiled with the three myrobalans, dry ginger, pepper, long pepper and rock-salt. It would strengthen eyesight, loosen bowels, strengthen heart, stimulate digestion and remedy cold. The filament of blue lotus together with cowdung and water is (known as) collyrium. It would be beneficial for day or night blindness.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 285.37📚
The yellow myrobalan boiled in cow’s urine with oil and salt should be used every morning. It would remove excess of phlegm and wind.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 285.56📚
Pills made of pāṭhānikumbha, pepper, dry ginger, long pepper, the three kinds of myrobalans and agni boiled with cow’s urine would remedy abdominal tumour, spleen and the like.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 285.57-58📚
Vāsā, margosa, snake-gourd and the three myrobalans would destroy (deranged) wind and bile. Powdered viḍaṅga if licked with honey would destroy worms. The yellow myrobalan together with viḍaṅga, rock salt, kṣāra (alkaline salt) and cow’s urine (will also produce the same effect).”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 289.34b-35a📚
Rubbing with cowdung, mañjikākuṣṭha, turmeric, sesamum and mustard ground with cow’s urine would remedy itching.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 289.25b-36a
Besmearing a paste of two varieties of turmeric, jyotiṣmatīpāṭhā, black pepper, kuṣṭhavacā and honey mixed with molasses and (cow’s) urine is beneficial in paralysis of the tongue.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 287.8📚
O Brahmins! Cow’s urine together with ghee and the two varieties of turmeric (are commended) for jaundice. An infusion (with the above remedy) soaked in oil is commended for constipation.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 287.18-19📚
Cow’s urine and viḍaṅga are commended for worms in the intestines. Milk boiled with dried ginger, long pepper, grapes and sugar is (an excellent) drink for curing the wounds. The juice of the flesh is also good. Rice and green gram boiled together and mixed with dried ginger, pepper and long pepper is commended for loss of appetite.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 283.6b-7📚
The juice of the three myrobalans, bhṛṅga and viśva soaked in honey, clarified butter, goat’s milk and cow’s urine is beneficial in the diseases of children. The juice of dūrvā (a kind of grass) when inhaled is excellent remedy for bleeding of the nose.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 283.10📚
The coriander water, coconut, cow’s urine, betelnut and dry ginger made into a decoction and used for gargling would remedy the defects in the tongue.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 283.12📚
One should rub (the affected part of the skin) with the leaves of arkapūtikā and snuhī together with cow’s urine. (By this one would destroy) all the defects of the skin.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 283.32-33📚
A decoction of pāṭhādārvī (a variety of turmeric), skin of nutmeg, grapes and the three kinds of myrobalans together with honey if gargled would remedy sore-mouth. A decoction of long pepper, ativiṣatiktendradārupāṭhā and payomuc boiled with (cow’s) urine (taken with) honey would remove all throat affections.”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 283.39📚
A decoction of emblic myrobalan, snake-gourd and greengram together with clarified butter would cure dry spreading itch. Dry ginger, dāru and navā made into a decoction with milk together with the urine of a cow also (would remove swelling).”  (source)

📚Agni Purana 279.41-44📚
O Brahmin! The eating of sesamum and drinking cold water and eating cold food are said to strengthen teeth and also give supreme satisfaction. Gargling with sesamum oil would also strengthen teeth. The powdered viḍaṅga (mixed with) goat’s urine is used in destroying all worms. The fruits of dhātrī (a variety of myrobalan) and clarified butter are excellent as an ointment for head for the destruction of all diseases relating to head. The food should consist of oily and hot things. Filling ear with oil or the urine of goat is excellent for the destruction of pain in ear. O Brahmin! All kinds of oysters (may also be used).”  (source)

3. Krishna Washed with Cow Dung and Urine

📚Shrimad Bhagavatam 10.6.20📚
The child was thoroughly washed with cow urine and then smeared with the dust raised by the movements of the cows. Then different names of the Lord were applied with cow dung on twelve different parts of His body, beginning with the forehead, as done in applying tilaka. In this way, the child was given protection.”  (source)

📚Shrimad Bhagavatam 10.8.22-23📚
When Krsna and Balarama, with the strength of Their legs, crawled in the muddy places created in Vraja by cow dung and cow urine, Their crawling resembled the crawling of serpents, and the sound of Their ankle bells was very charming. Very much pleased by the sound of other people’s ankle bells, They used to follow these people as if going to Their mothers, but when They saw that these were other people, They became afraid and returned to Their real mothers, Yasoda and Rohini. Dressed with muddy earth mixed with cow dung and cow urine, the babies looked very beautiful, and when They went to Their mothers, both Yaśodā and Rohiṇī picked Them up with great affection, embraced Them and allowed Them to suck the milk flowing from their breasts. While sucking the breast, the babies smiled, and Their small teeth were visible. Their mothers, upon seeing those beautiful teeth, enjoyed great transcendental bliss.”  (source)

4. What is Panchagavya? 

📚Garuda Purana 1.222.63-66📚
The constituents of Pancagavya are as follows: Milk taken from a gold colored cow, the cow dung of a white cow, urine of a copper colored cow, clarified butter of the milk of a blue cow and the curd of the milk of a black cow. Water added should be consecrated by Kusa grass. Eight Masas of cow’s urine, four Masas of dung, twelve Masas of milk, ten Masas of curd and five Masas of ghee form the correct proportion. This Pancagavya removes all impurities.”  (source)