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Scientific NameLepidoptera (Order)
Common NameButterfly, Titali (Hindi), Pattam poochi (Tamil)
DistributionThroughout India

In religion and mythology

In Indian philosophies, the life-cycle of the butterfly is held up to explain the importance of meditation. Just as the egg becomes a caterpillar that metamorphes into a beautiful butterfly after spending time in the cocoon, human beings must practice meditation to metamorphose from mere mortals into enlightened people.

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