GoShala or GauShala, a Sanskrit word, means the adobe or sancturay for the cows and its progeny as calves and oxen. In Sanskrit (and Hindi/Punjabi): गोशाला ; गौ+शाला Gau means Cow, Shala means a sanctuary.

Mahavir Goshala (or Gaushala) is the sanctuary or the abode for old, sick, abandoned and stray animals, especially cows and its progeny. Named after Hindu monkey God Hanuman (Mahavir is another name for Hanuman). It is located in the town of Malout (in the north Indian state of Punjab), about 350 km north-west of New Delhi.

Apart from providing a home for the cattle, the Goshala also rescues the animals meant for illegal and merciless slaughtering, after being transported in cattle lorries under extremely cruel conditions, with no food and water for days, standing huddled together, stamped to unconsciousness or death – and often made to walk for miles with starvation.

Gomata_MAILThe Goshala is an effort to care for these kind, innocent, gentle and lovely animals, that today are the victims and a gainful conduit for so many unlawful means.


  • The Goshala runs under the guidance of Pt. Girdhari Lal along with the help of hundreds of volunteers.
  • Mahavir Goshala today cares for over 1,600 animals – including cows, calves and bulls on a 12-acre campus.
  • The Goshala is a purely social, volunteer and contributory effort. The shelter has NO revenues or any source of income. Even the milk obtained (from the sheltered cows) is distributed FREE – and at our own distribution cost –to local hospitals and other such organisations.

Protecting cows, Serving cows: Copyright © 2012 Mahabir Goshala, Malout (Punjab – India)