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

Printed Date: Friday, August 23, 2019

Dove / Pigeon

 

  

 

Scientific name

 

Columbia livia Gmelin

 

Common name

 

Dove / Pigeon

 

Hindi

 

Kabootar

 

Sanskrit 

 

Kapota

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

In the Agni Purana the dove is associated with Yama, the god of death. It is believed that Shiva and Parvati live in the form of a male and a female dove, called Kapoteshvara and Kapoteshvari respectively, in the Amarnath Cave in Kashmir.

 

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