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| Last Updated:: 01/03/2018

Crow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Corvus splendens (Viellot) 

 

Common name

 

House Crow

 

Hindi

 

Kowwa

 

Sanskrit 

 

Kakah

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Saturn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The house crow occupies a special place in Hindu religious rituals. It is usually identified with departed souls or ancestors. The crow is the vehicle of Shani (Saturn), one of the navagrahas or nine planets of Hindu astrology.

 

 

 

 

Crows are mentioned often in Buddhism, especially Tibetan disciplines. The Dharmapala (protector of dharma) Mahakala is represented by a crow in one of his earthly forms. Avalokiteshvara, who is believed to be reincarnated on earth as the Dalai Lama, is often closely associated with the crow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

http://theglorify.org/2017/07/08/some-common-birds-of-india/

https://www.patrika.com/agra-news/shani-amavasya-2017-date-puja-vidhi-sade-sati-and-mahadasha-upay-2010164/