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Scientific NameCygnus sp.
Common Name Swan, Hans (Hindi), Annapakshi (Tamil), Hamsaha (Sanskrit)
DistributionThroughout India
Goddess Saraswati on her swan

In religion and mythology

Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of wisdom, knowledge and learning uses a white swan as her vahana and hence, is also referred to as Hamsavahini . The swan is also the carrier of Lord Brahma, the creator.

A swan is said to have a sensitive beak, which can distinguish pure milk from a mixture of water and milk. The swan thus symbolises discrimination between the good and the bad. Persons who have attained great spiritual capabilities are sometimes called ‘ Parama-hamsa' (Great swam) on account of their spiritual grace and ability to travel between various spiritual worlds.

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