Scientific Name: Lepus nigricollis
Common Name: Black-naped hare, Khargosh (Hindi), Shashah (Sanskrit)
Distribution: Throughout India
Conservation Status: Least Concern

In Religion and Mythology​

It is believed that the hare occupies a permanent place in the moon, which gives it the name Shashodhara.

The hare is sacred to Buddhists in many ways.

In a Jataka story about the Buddha’s lives, the Buddha was a hare who jumped into the fire to satisfy the hunger of a Brahmin.

The animal is a cultural hero who teaches medicine, dance and the arts of life.

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