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

Printed Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Shrew

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Suncus murinus Linn

 

Common name

 

House Shrew / Asian Musk Shrew

 

Hindi

 

Chachundar

 

Sanskrit 

 

Mushakaha

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shrew is the vahana or vehicle of Lord Ganesha. (although some consider Ganesha's vahanas to be a mouse or even, a rat). In Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is accompanied by the shrew wherever he travels. An offering to Lord Ganesha and His small companion forms an important part of Hindu worship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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