Since COVID-19 erupted in the U.S., there has been a marked increase in the number of people wanting to start or re-start Agnihotra in this country and abroad. While this is great news, maintaining enough dried cowdung for those who want it has been a great challenge for some U.S. suppliers.
For those suppliers who dry their own cowdung, production is affected by weather. The East Coast has had considerable rain over the last few months, hampering the process for East Coast producers.
Suppliers who source their product from India have also struggled this year. Due to COVID-19, shipments which were ready for transport have been stalled for months, as Customs was shut down during India’s lockdown.
The pandemic also brought another issue into play for online cowdung sales. USPS, UPS and FedEx all experienced significant delivery delays in the early weeks of coronavirus, thus delaying the delivery of Agnihotra supplies.
Decades ago, Shree Vasant warned of coming disasters and diseases, and urged Agnihotris to work toward self-sufficiency. He recommended storing six months’ worth of food and necessary supplies, including Agnihotra supplies.
If you have access to cows, and if climate and space permit, it may be wise to try drying your own cowdung. Richard Powers of agnihotrasupplies.com will be happy to advise you. Please contact him at email@example.com for more information.
More sources of dried cowdung are needed in the U.S. If you would be interested in producing enough to sell to others, please contact Richard Powers to explore this possibility. It could be a great service as well as a source of added income.