Scientific Name: Herpestes sp.
Common Name: Indian mongoose, Nevla (Hindi), Keeri (Tamil), Nagulam (Sanskrit)
Distribution: Throughout India
Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)

In Religion and Mythology​

Lord Kubera with the mongoose in his left hand

Mongoose is associated with Kubera, the God of wealth and the guardian deity of the northern direction in Hindu / Buddhist mythology.

Buddhist sculptures often depict Kubera holding a conch in his right and a jewel-spitting mongoose in his left hand. The mongoose is believed to be the receptacle of all riches. It also symbolises generosity and a destroyer of greed (snakes are believed to symbolise greed).

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