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| Last Updated:: 25/08/2023














Scientific name


Antilope cervicapra (Linn.)


Common name


Blackbuck / Indian Antelope




Kadiyal / Kala hiran








Krishna jinka




Plains of India


Religious association








 Vayu Devata










The antelope is the vehicle of Vayu the Wind God and also Soma the divine wine. It is the steed of the Maruts, the storm deities and the son of Rudra and Diti.
















The blackbuck is held sacred by the Bishnoi tribe of Rajasthan and by locals in Tumkur district of Karnataka. 








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