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

Printed Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022

Swan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Cygnus olor (Gmelin)

 

Common name

 

Mute Swan

 

Hindi

 

Hans

 

Sanskrit 

 

Hamsaha

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

The swan is the associate of Lord Brahma, the Creator. It is said to possess the sacred knowledge of the Brahman.

 

 

 

 

 

 Goddess Saraswati

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brahma, the Creator and Goddess Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of wisdom, knowledge and learning, use a white swan as their vehicle and companion, giving Sarasvati the name Hamsavahini.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

http://www.craftsofindia.com/posters/large-posters/lpt15.shtml

http://eybirdwatching.blogspot.in/2013/06/gull-bombards-swan.html