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| Last Updated:: 24/08/2023












Scientific name

Pteropus giganteus Brunnich

Common name

Common house gecko




Griha godha


Human habitation structures in the tropics and sub- tropics.

Religious Association

The golden gecko or common house lizard is revered in the east and south as an animal whose mere touch assures a person of moksha (liberation) of the soul. Several temples keep a golden replica to be touched for good luck.


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