Amrit Mahal

The Amrit Mahal (Kannada cattle, hitherto known as Benne Chavadi[citation needed], is a breed of cattle that originated from the erstwhile state of Mysore in Karnataka, India. They originated from the Hallikar breed cattle which were bred with the then existing closely related breeds, Hagalavadi and Chitradurga. Originally developed for use in war for transporting equipage, the bullocks are notable for their great endurance and speed. Their head is elongated with a ridge in the middle and a bulging forehead. The cows in contrast are poor milk-yielders and hence, are classified to be a draught breed. It is one of the two breeds, along with Hallikar, which have received the royal patronage and care from the erstwhile Vijayanagara Kingdom, sultans and princely state of Mysore through conservation and development. The present day existence of places with names kaval or Kaaval (Kannada: in southern regions of Karnataka, which are the vast tracts of lands which were reserved to conserve and develop this breed of cattle in the Old Mysore region of Karnataka, stand as testimonies to the legacy of the Amritmahal breed.

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