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

Printed Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Porcupine

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Hystrix indicus Kerr

 

Common name

 

Indian Porcupine  

 

Hindi

 

Sayal, Sahi

 

Sanskrit

 

Sallakah

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

Porcupine’s quill was earlier used in many Hindu religious ceremonies like upanayanam (investiture of the sacred thread), ceremony for pregnant ladies etc.

 

 

The porcupine is the emblem of the fourteenth Tirthankara Anantanatha.

 

 

 

 

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