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| Last Updated:: 25/08/2023












Scientific name


Spilornis cheela Latham


Common name


Crested Serpent Eagle




Dogra cheel








Throughout India


Religious association



















The eagle, called Garutman (‘the winged one’) and Suparna (‘beautiful wings’), first appears as an associate of Indra and the Sun in Rig veda and is associated with Vishnu as his vehicle later in the Atharva Veda. The Garuda Purana, named after the eagle, is a philosophical treatise discussing the passage of the afterlife and rituals for the dead.
















In Zoroastrianism Ahura Mazda is represented as an eagle with wings.









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