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

Printed Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Lepus nigricollis

 

Common name

 

Black-naped hare

 

Hindi

 

Khargosh

 

Sanskrit 

 

Shashah

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is believed that the hare occupies a permanent place in the moon, which gives it the name Shashodhara. The hare is sacred to Buddhists in many ways. In a Jataka story about the Buddha’s lives, the Buddha was a hare who jumped into the fire to satisfy the hunger of a Brahmin. The animal is a cultural hero who teaches medicine, dance and the arts of life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/jataka-stories-in-theravada-buddhism-and-the-ten-great-birth-stories-of-the-buddha-book-review 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-18/generic-rabbit/7522596