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| Last Updated:: 03/01/2023






Scientific name


Hystrix indica Kerr.


Common name


Indian Porcupine  




Sayal, Sahi








Throughout India


Religious association


Porcupine’s quill was earlier used in many Hindu religious ceremonies like upanayanam (investiture of the sacred thread), ceremony for pregnant ladies etc.



The porcupine is the emblem of the fourteenth Tirthankara Anantanatha.





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