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| Last Updated:: 17/03/2018

Bengal monitor lizard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Varanus bengalensis Daudin

 

Common name

 

Indian monitor lizard

 

Hindi

 

Gho

 

Sanskrit 

 

Godha

 

Marathi

 

Ghorpad

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India and Bangladesh

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Monitor lizard (ghorpade) is widely mentioned in Maratha history, mythology and folklore.  Kama Singh, a famous Maratha warrior, breached the walls of the Kelna fort by tying a rope to a monitor lizard, allowing it to scale the wall and climbing the rope after the lizard had tightly secured itself.

 

 

 

 

After this rare feat, Karna Singh’s tribe was known as Ghorpade (pronounced ghorpaday), (the marathi name for Bengal Monitor Lizard) and every soldier in the army was trained in this strategy.  

 

 

 

 

It is unfortunate that criminals subsequently started misusing the lizards to climb the walls of houses they were burgling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengal_monitor#/media/File:Varanus_bengalensis_-_02.jpg