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

Printed Date: Monday, December 5, 2022

YAK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Bos grunniens Linn.

 

Common name

 

Yak (English, Hindi and All languages)

 

Sanskrit 

 

Chamarah

 

Distribution

 

Throughout the Himalayan region, Primarily Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the yak itself is not sacred, its bushy tail is in great demand as a fly whisk (fan) in many Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh and Tibet, and north Indian temples and palaces. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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