forms. Many festivals were observed in honour of several animals some of which are observed till today. The rulers also gave the animals key slots in art and architecture. Cattle were considered to be the most important animal for the Indians. In fact, ancient Indians did not eat cows. This was because Hindus thought of cows as sacred. But people used cows, oxen in particular to pull carts, for ploughing fields, and also used cows' milk to make yoghurt (curd) and ghee.