Until around the 20th century, the cow was considered sacred (and beef taboo) in Japan, China, and other parts of South East Asia. It was also similarly considered in Ancient Egypt.
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Griddhraj Parvat or Vulture Peak in Madhya Pradesh was the final destination of the classic Chinese epic, Journey to the West. Hieun Tsang and his companions travel from China to a temple on Vulture Peak to retrieve Buddhist sutras in order to enlighten their country.
While most Indian school history books spell the 7th-century Chinese traveller's name as Hiuen Tsang, the more commonly used romanisations around the world are Xuanzang or Hsüan-tsang.
天竺, pronounced Tianzhu in Chinese and Tenjiku in Japanese were the early names for India in China and Japan respectively. They both mean heavenly centre (or spiritual centre in reference to India being the birthplace of Buddhism).