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Indian Ringneck Parakeet

Scientific NamePsittacula krameri manillensis
Common NameIndian Rose-ringed Parakeet, Totha (Hindi), Pachai Killi (Tamil), Shukaha (Sanskrit)
DistributionThroughout India
Conservation StatusLeast Concern (LC)
Goddess Meenakshi

In religion and mythology

The bird is sacred to Goddess Meenakshi, who is depicted holding a parakeet in her right hand. The famous Meenakshi temple at Madurai, Tamil Nadu has a separate Killikoondu (Parakeet cage) mandapam . The parakeets in the mandapam are trained to repeat Goddess Meenakshi's name.

The parakeet is also the vahana of Lord Kamadeva , the Hindu God of love.

The bird is also associated with Sri Andal, the only female, of the 12 Alvars (the renowned saints of Vaishnavism ). According to legend, the parrot is Sri Suka Brahma Rishi, who was sent by Saint Andal to Lord Ranganatha as thoodu (messenger).

The image of Sri Andal at the famous Andal temple at Srivillipithur is adorned with a parakeet made of leaves and flowers. Its body is made of tapioca and the beak of pomegranate flower. Its wings are made with Oleander ( Arali ) flowers and its feather from the leaves of Crepe jasmine ( Nandhiyavatai ) plant.

(Source: http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mp/2001/12/06/stories/2001120600090200.htm)

Saint Andal with a parrot in her hand

Lord Kamadeva on his parrot

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