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| Last Updated:: 12/03/2018

Blue bull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Boselaphus tragocamelus  Pall.

 

Common name

 

Blue Bull

 

Hindi

 

Nilgai

 

Sanskrit 

 

Nila jauh

 

Distribution

 

North Indian plains

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

The nilgai or blue bull is actually a species of antelope, commonly seen all over north India. It looks like a cow, hence its name (nil means blue, gai means cow).The blue bull is regarded as a bovine animal, leading to the local belief that the nilgai is a cow and hence sacred.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

http://cannundrum.blogspot.in/2012/01/nilgai-antelope-shoulder-roast.html