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

Printed Date: Friday, August 23, 2019

Mongoose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Herpestes edwardsi Geoffrey

 

Common name

 

Mongoose

 

Hindi

 

Mangus / Newal / Newara

 

Sanskrit 

 

Nukula

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mongoose is often depicted on the lap of Kubera, a yaksha and a receptacle of treasure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Buddhist equivalent of Kubera is Jambhala, who holds the mongoose in his right hand and a citrus fruit in the left. It is believed that when Jambhala presses the two sides of the animal, it vomits treasures. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/yellow-jambhala-3-lanjee-chee.html

https://www.templepurohit.com/hindu-gods-and-deities/lord-kubera-hindu-gods-and-deities/ 

http://www.india.com/buzz/4-animals-that-eat-other-predators-46104/