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| Last Updated:: 21/04/2021














Scientific name


Bos grunniens Linn.


Common name


Yak (English, Hindi and All languages)








Throughout the Himalayan region, Primarily Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)


Religious association



















While the yak itself is not sacred, its bushy tail is in great demand as a fly whisk (fan) in many Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh and Tibet, and north Indian temples and palaces. 








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