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| Last Updated:: 30/04/2021














Scientific name


Grus antigone Linn.


Common name


Sarus Crane




Saarus, Sras








North and Central India  


Religious association





















When Valmiki, the author of the Ramayana, saw a hunter kill a pair of mating cranes, he cursed the hunter with disquiet and unease for the rest of his life and was then inspired to write the epic Ramayana, celebrating the true love of Rama and Sita.



Bagalamukhi is a crane-headed Buddhist goddess of black magic and poison who, when invoked, eradicates the troubles of her devotees.







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