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| Last Updated:: 09/06/2021











Scientific name


Rhinoceros unicornis Linnaeus


Common name


Great Indian one-horned  Rhinoceros




Gainda / Gonda








North - east India


Religious association







The Buddhist Khaggavisana Sutta, literally ‘Rhinoceros Horn’ and better known as the Rhinoceros Sutra, is one of the earliest and most authentic expressions of original Buddhist thought. This sutra is appropriately titled to present what the translator calls an essay 'on the value of living the solitary wandering life’, or to the life of a lonely wandering Buddhist monk.













The emblem of the eleventh Jain Tirthankara Shreyasanatha is the rhinoceros.








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