The 5 Holy Animals Of India

Animals have been traditionally considered sacred in Hindu culture, The symbolic significance of animals in India are as vehicles of god or deities themselves. Bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva,Tiger the vehicle of “Maa Durga“, mouse is also considered as one of the holy animals in India, It is vahana (mount/vehicle) of the Lord Shri Ganesh. The Karni Mata Temple is very popular as the temple of rats in Rajasthan. Indian Eagle Garuda and peacock are considered as the sacred bird of Hindu. Not only animals are worship as sacred in India, Holy rivers, Sacred trees, land and birds are also worship in Indian culture. Street show of animals like monkey, bear and snakes used by the tribe people for living hood. Still in the rural parts of the country,buffalo, goat and chicken’s are sacrificed to deities by the various tribes. The animals are sacrificed as part of an old annual tribal custom or tradition in India and some time there are incident of killing of wild animals by the villagers too. To describe the Significance of animals in Indian culture “Sacred Animals of India” book has been published. The book “Sacred Animals of India” authored by Dr. Nanditha Krishna and released by Maneka Gandhi the animal rights activist.

Cow: The cow is holiest animal in India and their slaughter is banned throughout India. Cow is one of the most worshiped animal in India, she treated as the gods in the shape of animal. Cow the “Sacred Animals of India” is even more than a mother in the sense that it fulfills all the needs of her children. The cow in India is believed as a gift of the gods to the peoples.

Monkey: Monkey is believed as the form of God Hanuman or Bajrang Bali, the god of power and strength. Many Indian temple’s like Durga Temple Varanasi and famous Monkey Temple Galta, Jaipur is the home for thousand’s of monkey’s. The biggest monkey is known as Langur or Hanuman Langur, is the most sacred in India. There is a famous Ubud Monkey Forest and temple complex in Ubud, Bali which is one of the most tourist attraction in Bali and Swayambhunath in Nepal.

Snake: The worship of serpent deities is present in several old cultures, In the Hindu religion’s the Lord Shiva wear the Nag snake “Indian Cobra” as an ornament around his neck. Indian Cobra is the most sacred snake in India. Nag Panchami, the festival of snakes, is a Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of snakes and serpent deities. It is an important festival in India, peoples offer puja, Milk and worship the snake.

Elephant: The elephant is vehicle of Indra and “The elephant-headed God” Shri Ganesh, deity of success and education is worship by the Indian peoples. The elephant in India is part of Hindu ethos and culture. It was used as an instrument of war and also as a log carrier in the woods. The Great Indian elephant is decorated and worshiped in Kerala, Many major temples own elephants others hire or are donated elephants during the festival seasons.

Tiger: The Royal Bengal Tiger “National Symbols of India” is one of the sacred animal in India. The National animal of India Tiger and Great Lion are the vehicle of Hindu deity “Maa Durga“. The Bengal tiger is Worshiped by the tribes and by the sundervan people as well.



  • jaydeep says:

    Lions is Missing Yaar

    the King of Animal,,,,,

    • Prabhu says:

      Our ancestors knew a lot about conservation… Snake,Lion,Tiger,Mushik,elephant are endangered today….if our an ancestors had not associated these animals with gods..they would have gone extinct….Lions and tigers roamed all over Asia in the past….now only found in indiA…snakes are important aid of the farmer ….they eliminate rats…also Lord Ganesha’s Vahana is not a rat nut Chuchundar(screw) harmless unlike rodents….
      Also our ancestors new that the earth was sphere shaped 5000 years ago…refer Varaha Avatar(Boar)…people we come from a great civilization….lets be proud of our legacy

  • Aleora says:

    What about Rats, they are Holy, the vehicle of Ganesh and the children of Karni Mata.. ALL ANIMALS ARE HOLY

  • animalsphotos says:

    a good info thnk you

  • Kevin Azo Kapuh says:

    what is the benefits in worshiping these animal?namely tigers, snake ,cows ,monkeys and elephants?

  • Humble Indian says:

    What about the Bull,Dog,Varaha,Kashyap,……….the list is endless. All animals and birds and whatever life form is considered as divine in Ancient India. According to their ancient studies nothing is there without the touch of life,the essence of every subject is Divine.

  • keertiga chandran says:

    Please Pray Mainly the elephant god and tiger god because they are animal head gods (elephant god is vinayagar and tiger head god is puli saami means tiger god. Please pray!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

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