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| Last Updated:: 03/01/2023





Scientific name


Panthera tigris Linn.



Common name


Bengal Tiger












Originally thought-out India, now limited   to a reserved forests and national parks.                         


Religious association


The more ferocious forms of Durga—Shakti and Kali—rides the tiger. The tiger is the vehicle of god Ayyappa, lord Mahadeshvara and Rahu, the serpent or eclipse, one of the navagraha or nine planets of Indian mythology.




The tiger is worshipped in northern Bengal, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.  





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