Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Monday, February 26, 2024

Blackbuck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Antilope cervicapra (Linn.)

 

Common name

 

Blackbuck / Indian Antelope

 

Hindi

 

Kadiyal / Kala hiran

 

Sanskrit 

 

Mirga

 

Telugu

 

Krishna jinka

 

Distribution

 

Plains of India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Vayu Devata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The antelope is the vehicle of Vayu the Wind God and also Soma the divine wine. It is the steed of the Maruts, the storm deities and the son of Rudra and Diti.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blackbuck is held sacred by the Bishnoi tribe of Rajasthan and by locals in Tumkur district of Karnataka. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/till-the-last-deer-is-saved-2974563/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbuck 

http://www.templeadvisor.com/historical-and-religious-overview/the-prevedic-and-vedic-hindu-pantheon