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| Last Updated:: 05/03/2018













Scientific name


Pteropus giganteus Brunnich


Common name


Common house gecko








Griha godha




Human habitation structures in the tropics and sub- tropics.


Religious association








Gold lizard on the ceiling of a small chamber in Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple, Kanchipuram












The golden gecko or common house lizard is revered in the east and south as an animal whose mere touch assures a person of moksha (liberation) of the soul. Several temples keep a golden replica to be touched for good luck.











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