In religion and mythology
The Indian flying fox is considered sacred in some villages in both southern as well as the northern parts of our country. A colony of Indian flying foxes (which roost on a banyan tree) in a small village called Puliangulam, about 40 miles east of Madurai, Tamil Nadu is considered sacred by the local villagers. They associate the bat with a village deity named Muni, whose shrine is located beneath the banyan tree.
(Source: Marimuthu, G., “The Sacred Flying Fox of India – A few privileged colonies of flying foxes are protected by time-honored tradition”, BATS Magazine , Vol.6, No.2, 1988.)