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| Last Updated:: 12/03/2018

Jackal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Canis aureus Linn

 

Common name

 

Golden jackal

 

Hindi

 

Gidhar

 

Sanskrit 

 

Srigalah

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

The prevailing myths about the jackal have led to the belief that the animal has superior powers. Therefore the sight of a jackal is considered to be a good omen.

 

 

 

Jambuka, the great sage of yore, was so-named because he would never sit nor sleep, traits believed to belong to the jackal. He became a follower of the Buddha and joined the sangha along with his disciples. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_jackal