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| Last Updated:: 17/03/2018

Vulture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Gyps bengalensis Gmelin

 

Common name

 

Asian White backed Vulture

 

Hindi

 

Gidh

 

Sanskrit 

 

Grudhaha

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India                                                  

 

Religious association                       

 

 

 

 

Demon Ravana fighting with Jatayu

 

 

  

According to the epic Ramayana, when Ravana was abducting Sita to his kingdom of Lanka, a fierce battle took place between him and the vulture king, Jatayu. The bird was fatally wounded in its attempt to rescue Sita from Ravana.

 

  

 

Lord Ketu

 

 

 

The vulture is also sometimes depicted as the vehicle of Ketu. Parsis (Zoroastrians) believe that the vultures help release the sprit / soul of the dead. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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