I called the local office of Amazon and spoke to Jaideep, who was very courteous and happy to answer my questions. He said, "Sir, this is a new product that Amazon is selling and they are getting a lot of orders from folks in urban areas where it is not so easy to find cow dung cakes." When I asked him what people wanted it for, he said, "They use it for religious purposes only."Dried cow dung is used as a cooking fuel in rural areas, but it's not what people in urban areas want for cooking. They have some purification of a house and house-warming rituals — "Since cows are considered to be holy by Hindus, their dung is also sacred."
January 7, 2016
"Out of curiosity, I ordered 6 pieces. It cost me 236 rupees, about $4."