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| Last Updated:: 25/08/2023













Scientific name


Ursus thibetanus


Common name


Sloth Bear












Throughout India


Religious association






Jambavan was born in each of Vishnu’s incarnations. In the Ramayana, he is addressed as a Riksha and as a Vanara.






Jambavan with Lord Sri Krishna








In Mahabharata Krishna went in search of Jambavan and, after fighting him received the shyamantaka jewel from Jambavan.




The emblem of the fourteenth Tirthankara Anantanatha is the bear. 











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