lakshmi temple

On November 14, 1995 a cow escaped from a slaughterhouse in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The 3 year old heifer managed to leap over a 5 foot tall fence just minutes before her death. She managed to evade capture for 40 days - where some locals say they saw her running with a herd of deer - before she found safety at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts. There, she was dubbed Emily the Sacred Cow. Emily served as a icon of survival to all those that came to know and love her. Her story encouraged many people to live a vegetarian lifestyle. She passed away on March 30th, 2003 due to uterine cancer. This statue was erected to keep Emily’s memory, the blanket and flowers are a Hindu sign of respect. After her death, “hair clippings from Emily’s markings on her forehead and from the tip of her tail, traces of her blood and a piece of golden thread (placed through Emily’s ear by Hindu priest Krishna Bhatta of the Lakshmi Temple) were released into the holy river Ganges in the city of Benares, India.”

Emily was buried between statues of Gandhi and Mother Teresa.