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

Printed Date: Sunday, April 2, 2023










Scientific name


Hoplobatrachus tigerinus (Rana tigerina) 


Common name


Indian Bullfrog / Tiger Frog












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)