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| Last Updated:: 05/03/2018

Dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Canis lupus familiaris Linn

 

Common name

 

Domestic Dog

 

Hindi

 

Kutha

 

Sanskrit

 

Kukuraha

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indra’s divine dog Sarama is mentioned in Rig Veda. Bhairava, the wandering sanyasi, a form of Lord Shiva, is usually accompanied by a dog or rides a dog that is his vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dattatreya was the sixth (out of twenty-four) incarnations of Vishnu. He is usually accompanied by four dogs, which symbolize the four Vedas and his complete mastery over them. Khandoba is another incarnation of Lord Shiva rides a bull or a horse and is accompanied by a dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several Bodhisattvas were believed to have been born as dogs.

 

 

Ahura Mazda declared, ‘No house would stand firmly founded for me on the Ahura-created earth were there not my herd dog or house dog’.

 

 

The Koran calls the saluki, a Yemenese dog, a ‘gift of Allah’, ‘alhor’ (the noble one) and ‘al-baraha’ (the blessed one).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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