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

Printed Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Butterfly

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Rhopalocera (Sub Order)

Lepidoptera  (Order)

 

Common name

 

Butterfly

 

Hindi

 

Titli

 

Sanskrit 

 

Chitrapatangah

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

In Indian philosophies, the life cycle of the butterfly is held up to explain the importance of meditation. Just as the egg becomes a caterpillar that metamorphoses into a beautiful butterfly after spending time in the cocoon, human beings must practice meditation to metamorphose from mere mortals into enlightened souls. 

 

 

 

 

 

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