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| Last Updated:: 24/08/2023













Scientific name


Canis aureus Linn


Common name


Golden jackal












Throughout India


Religious association






The prevailing myths about the jackal have led to the belief that the animal has superior powers. Therefore the sight of a jackal is considered to be a good omen.




Jambuka, the great sage of yore, was so-named because he would never sit nor sleep, traits believed to belong to the jackal. He became a follower of the Buddha and joined the sangha along with his disciples. 








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