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

Printed Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Rhinoceros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Rhinoceros unicornis Linnaeus

 

Common name

 

Great Indian one-horned  Rhinoceros

 

Hindi

 

Gainda / Gonda

 

Sanskrit 

 

Ganda

 

Distribution

 

North - east India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Buddhist Khaggavisana Sutta, literally ‘Rhinoceros Horn’ and better known as the Rhinoceros Sutra, is one of the earliest and most authentic expressions of original Buddhist thought. This sutra is appropriately titled to present what the translator calls an essay 'on the value of living the solitary wandering life’, or to the life of a lonely wandering Buddhist monk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The emblem of the eleventh Jain Tirthankara Shreyasanatha is the rhinoceros.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

http://jainteerth.com/ngg_tag/shreyansnath/ 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_rhinoceros#/media/File:One_horned_Rhino.jpg