Over 25 years ago, a German woman who came to UP’s Mathura on her solo trip was so much moved by the stray animals that she decided to stay back and take care of those animals.
Friederike Irina Bruning locally known as Sudevi Mataji’s services were finally noticed by the government and was given Padma Shri on Republic Day.
61-year-old takes care of 1,800 cows and calves. She had been doing it for over 25 years. Most of the cows she had were the ones which were being abandoned by their ownners.
She said that she is grateful to be recognised by the government and she wants people to get inspired by it and be kind to the animals. She further added that there are about 60 workers at the cowshed and around Rs 35 lakhs is spent for their salaries, food grains and medicines every month. She gets around Rs 6-7 lakhs per month from her inherited property.
“First it was a courtyard and then I built a cowshed called Surabhi Gaushala Niketan in Radhakund”, Bruning said. He used her parents money to set up the Gaushala.