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| Last Updated:: 16/03/2018

Spider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Araneae (Order)

 

Common name

 

Spider

 

Hindi

 

Makda

 

Sanskrit 

 

Lootha

 

Telugu

 

Saalapurugu

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sri Kalahasti in Andhra Pradesh is named after three animals—Sri or the spider, Kala or the snake and Hasti or the elephant—who regularly worshipped the lingam of Shiva situated at this temple and attained salvation.

 

 

 

The spider was actually Vishwakarma's (architect of the devaganas ) son Urnanabha. He was replicating Brahma - the creator's job and an annoyed Brahma cursed him to become a spider. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

https://www.templesofindia.net/temples/srikalahasteeswara-temple-srikalahasti 

http://vedapatasala.com/008%20PANCHA%20BOOTHA%20STHALAMS.html