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

Printed Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Snow Leopard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Panthera uncia Schubet

 

Common name

 

Snow Leopard

 

Hindi

 

Barafni Chita

 

Ladakhi

 

Shan

 

Sanskrit 

 

Hima chitravyaghrah

 

Distribution

 

75000 sq.kms in the Himalayas

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

Achi Chokey Dolma, the Tibetan equivalent of Durga, is the protectoress who rides the snow lion. She is venerated by Buddhist communities in Ladakh, Sikkim, Tibet and elsewhere in the Himalayas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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