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

Printed Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Crane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Grus antigone Linn.

 

Common name

 

Sarus Crane

 

Hindi

 

Saarus, Sras

 

Sanskrit 

 

Sarasah

 

Distribution

 

North and Central India  

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana, saw a hunter kill a pair of mating cranes, he cursed the hunter with disquiet and unease for the rest of his life and was then inspired to write the epic Ramayana, celebrating the true love of Rama and Sita.

 

 

Bagalamukhi is a crane-headed Buddhist goddess of black magic and poison who, when invoked, eradicates the troubles of her devotees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

http://www.jayashreekrishnan.com/ramayana-series-1/ 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarus_crane