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Blackbuck Antelope

Scientific NameAntilope cervicapra Linn
Common NameBlackbuck antelope, Kala Hiran (Hindi), Moorukku maan (Tamil), Ena (Sanskrit)
DistributionPlains of India
Conservation StatusNear Threatened (NT)

In religion and mythology

Vayu , the Hindu God of wind has an antelope as his vahana . Its ability to run swiftly has probably led to this association with the wind God.The animal is also the vahana of Chandra , the Hindu moon-God.

The blackbuck is held sacred by the Bishnoi tribes of Rajasthan. They consider it a sin to kill these animals. Many men of the sect have died protecting these and women have even breast-fed the antelopes.

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