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

Printed Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Ant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Monomorium minimum (Buckley) 

 

Common name

 

Little black ant

 

Hindi

 

Chinti

 

Sanskrit 

 

Pipilika

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India                            

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The black ant is called Ganesha ant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The anthill is especially sacred in rural India and dismantling one is said to bring bad luck. The anthill is called valmikah. The author of the Ramayana was Valmiki, so-called because he reappeared, after years of meditation, from an anthill. The ant is revered in other cultures also. In parts of Africa, they are messengers of the gods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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