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| Last Updated:: 17/03/2018

Bear

 Bear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Ursus thibetanus

 

Common name

 

Sloth Bear

 

Hindi

 

Bhalu

 

Sanskrit 

 

Rkshas

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

Jambavan was born in each of Vishnu’s incarnations. In the Ramayana, he is addressed as a Riksha and as a Vanara.

 

 

 

 

 

Jambavan with Lord Sri Krishna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Mahabharata Krishna went in search of Jambavan and, after fighting him received the shyamantaka jewel from Jambavan.

 

 

 

The emblem of the fourteenth Tirthankara Anantanatha is the bear. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

http://www.bhagavatam-katha.com/krishna-story-jambavan-get-good-fight-from-krishna/ 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloth_bear#/media/File:Bear_-_Melursus_ursinus_at_Bannerghatta_National_Park_8469.JPG