Online Retailers claim that cow dung patties are selling like hot cakes. Cow poop mixed hay and dried in the sun are used to fuel fires.
These Cow Dung patties are mainly prepared by women in rural areas in Indian villages.Online retailers Amazon and eBay are now reaching out to the country’s ever-increasing urban population. Some retailers are offering discounts for large orders. Some customers are asking for gift wrapping.
According to Amazon india spokeswoman Cow dung cakes have been listed by multiple sellers on Amazon and have received several customer orders. The orders came mostly from cities where it would be difficult to buy dung cakes.
In India Hindus have long worshiped cows as sacred, cow dung cakes have been used for centuries for fires, whether for heating, cooking or Hindu rituals. Across rural India, piles of drying cow dung are everywhere.
According to Radhika Agarwal of ShopClues, a major online retailer in India, demand for the cow dung cakes spiked during the recent Diwali season, a time when Hindus conduct prayer ceremonies at their homes, factories and offices.
Around Diwali, when people do a lot of pujas in their homes and workplaces, there is a lot of demand for cow dung cakes.Increasingly, in the cold weather, people are also keeping themselves warm by lighting fires using them, people who grew up in rural areas find the peaty smell of dung fires pleasant. It reminds them of the old days.
The Cow dung cakes are sold in packages that contain two to eight pieces weighing 200 grams (7 ounces) each. Prices range from 100 to 400 rupees. Dung cakes are also used as organic manure, and some sellers are marketing them for use in kitchen gardens.