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Domestic Goat

Scientific NameCapra aegagrus hircus
Common NameDomestic Goat, Bakhri (Hindi), Aadu (Tamil), Mesha (Sanskrit)
DistributionThroughout India
Conservation StatusDomesticated
Agni on his vahana

In religion and mythology

In Hindu mythology, te vehicle or vahana of Agni , the Hindu fire God is a he-goat or a ram. Daksha, father of Goddess Sati is depicted with the head of a goat.

Sale of goats near Jama Masjid at Delhi during Eid-ul-Adha , the Muslim festival of sacrifice

Eid-ul-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha is one of the most celebrated festivals among the Muslim community. Muslims around the world sacrifice an animal on the occasion of the festival to show their faith and sincerity to Allah. In India, the animal most commonly used for the sacrifice is a goat ( bakra in Hindi) – which is why the festival is also known as Bakhr Eid . (although the festival originally has no association with the goat.)

The sacrificial goat for Bakhr Eid

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