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| Last Updated:: 24/02/2016

Tiger

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Panthera tigris Linn

 

 

Common name

 

Bengal Tiger

 

Hindi

 

Bagh

 

Sanskrit 

 

Vyaaghraha

 

Distribution

 

Originally thought-out India, now limited   to a reserved forests and national parks.                         

 

Religious association

 

The more ferocious forms of Durga—Shakti and Kali—rides the tiger. The tiger is the vehicle of god Ayyappa, lord Mahadeshvara and Rahu, the serpent or eclipse, one of the navagraha or nine planets of Indian mythology.

 

 

 

The tiger is worshipped in northern Bengal, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.  

 

 

 

 

Source: “Sacred Animals Of India” by  Nanditha Krishna, (Penguin Book India, 2010)