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| Last Updated:: 17/03/2018

Owl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Strix leptogrammica Temminck

 

Common name

 

Brown Wood Owl

 

Hindi

 

Ullu

 

Sanskrit 

 

Ulukaha

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Goddess Lakshmi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The owl is very sacred in Bengal, where the white owl is described as the vehicle of goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The owl is also the vehicle of Chamunda, a form of Durga.

 

 

 

The Zoroastrians of India, who leave their dead bodies in the Towers of Silence to be consumed by vultures, consider that if the owl eats the dead body, the soul will rest in heaven. 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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