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| Last Updated:: 25/08/2023














Scientific name


Strix leptogrammica Temminck


Common name


Brown Wood Owl












Throughout India


Religious association









 Goddess Lakshmi










The owl is very sacred in Bengal, where the white owl is described as the vehicle of goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The owl is also the vehicle of Chamunda, a form of Durga.




The Zoroastrians of India, who leave their dead bodies in the Towers of Silence to be consumed by vultures, consider that if the owl eats the dead body, the soul will rest in heaven. 






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