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Indian Golden Gecko

Scientific NameCalodactylodes aureus
Common NameIndian Golden gecko
DistributionTirumala hills (in the Eastern Ghats)

In religion and mythology

The golden gecko is revered in the east and south as an animal whose mere touch assures a person of moksha (liberation) of the soul. As it is not possible to touch one, several temples keep a golden replica to be touched for good luck. At the Varadaraja Temple in Kanchipuram, gold and silver geckos are fixed on to the ceiling to be touched by devotees in search of good luck.

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