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| Last Updated:: 10/03/2018

Frog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Hoplobatrachus tigerinus (Rana tigerina) 

 

Common name

 

Indian Bullfrog / Tiger Frog

 

Hindi

 

Maindak

 

Sanskrit

 

Mandukya

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

The tiger frog wears the sign of the namam, the Vaishnavite symbol of three vertical lines on the forehead, and is therefore considered blessed. The frog is also a symbol of reincarnation, for it goes through several forms—from egg to tadpole, breathing through its gills, to the air-breathing reptile. This is likened to the many forms a soul may take.

 

 

 

 

Frog is the vehicle of Brihaspati (Jupiter), the fifth of the nine planets, who carries a rosary and a kamandalu (water pot).

 

 

 

 

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