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

Printed Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Squirrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Funambulus palmarum Linn.

 

Common name

 

Indian palm squirrel,  Three Striped Palm Squirrel

 

Hindi

 

Ghilahari.

 

Sanskrit 

 

Kalandakaha

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India                                                

 

Religious association                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squirrels are considered sacred in India mainly because of  their association with Lord Rama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Rama, pleased by the creature’s dedication during the building of Adisetu (bridge) at Rameswaram caressed the squirrel’s back and ever since the Indian squirrel has carried three white stripes on its back, which are believed to be the mark of Lord Rama’s fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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