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| Last Updated:: 25/08/2023

Dove / Pigeon




Scientific name


Columba livia Gmelin


Common name


Dove / Pigeon












Throughout India


Religious association


In the Agni Purana the dove is associated with Yama, the god of death. It is believed that Shiva and Parvati live in the form of a male and a female dove, called Kapoteshvara and Kapoteshvari respectively, in the Amarnath Cave in Kashmir.


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