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| Last Updated:: 24/08/2023








Scientific name


Trombidium grandissimum Koch


Common name






Arudra purugu




Widely throughout India


Religious association


The velvet mite is commonly believed to herald the rains. Farmers in Andhra Pradesh consider it to be a messenger of the rain gods.





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