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| Last Updated:: 24/08/2023

Blue bull












Scientific name


Boselaphus tragocamelus  Pall.


Common name


Blue Bull








Nila jauh




North Indian plains


Religious association






The nilgai or blue bull is actually a species of antelope, commonly seen all over north India. It looks like a cow, hence its name (nil means blue, gai means cow).The blue bull is regarded as a bovine animal, leading to the local belief that the nilgai is a cow and hence sacred.









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