Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Friday, August 23, 2019

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