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| Last Updated:: 05/03/2018

Donkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Equus asinus Linn

 

Common name

 

Donkey

 

Hindi

 

Gadha

 

Sanskrit 

 

Khara

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The donkey is the vehicle of Shitala Devi, the goddess who is invoked to ward off smallpox. Shitala’s Buddhist equivalent is Hariti, whose vehicle is also the donkey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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