Being a microcosm of India’s Hindu identity, the symbiotic relationship between the holy men and the cows, considered holy in Hinduism, is apparent in Varanasi.
Varanasi, or Benares, as the locals call it is India’s oldest, and possibly holiest, city. Anyone who has ever visited Varanasi will find both cows and holy men in every lane of the city.
On another level, the image highlights the beauty of man-animal friendship. If only all humans took care of animals.
Just for science trivia, caressing a cow on the neck releases dopamine in the animal making it happy.