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Q: Are some animals such as cow, snake, and elephant sacred?

A: Sikhism does not consider any animals sacred or more important than the others. Sikhism instructs not to worship any animals; rather Sikhs are to worship one God only.

According to Sikhism, the worship of anyone other than God is fruitless. The worship of cows, snakes, elephants or other animals will not lead one to salvation. Animals are not to be worshiped as God created them all and since He is above all, Sikhs are to worship only the One Supreme Lord. "The performance of countless millions of other devotions is not even equal to one devotion to the Name of God" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1163).

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