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| Last Updated:: 03/04/2018

Deer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Axis axis (Erxleben)

 

Common name

 

Deer

 

Hindi

 

Chital, Hiran

 

Sanskrit

 

Harini

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lord Shiva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are several species of deer in India. Of these, only the spotted deer is regarded as sacred. Lord Shiva took the form of a spotted deer while in the Shleshmantak forest in Nepal. Shiva is also depicted as wearing the skin of a spotted deer, indicating the yogi’s mastery over the mind, which is as fast moving as the deer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dharma Chakra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The spotted deer is sacred to Buddhists too, for the Buddha’s first sermon took place in the deer park at Sarnath. Thus the Buddhist Wheel of Righteousness (dharma chakra) is flanked by a male and female deer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Avalokiteshvara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, wears a deer skin over his shoulder.

 

 

 

 

 

Shantinatha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The emblem of the eleventh Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha is the deer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

http://www.mymedia.it/mrpalomar/?p=2024

http://vedicgoddess.weebly.com/bhakti-masala-blog/bhikshanta-shiva-supreme-naked-beggar-by-yogi-ananda-saraswathi

https://forum.hindivichar.com/showthread.php?t=25243&page=17

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/p-wCPV1aBU8/maxresdefault.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chital  

http://www.jyotirlinga.com/what-is-shiva-bhakti.html