Scientific Name: Hystrix indica Kerr
Common Name: Indian Porcupine, Sayal, Sahi (Hindi), Sallakah (Sanskrit)
Distribution: Throughout India
Conservation Status: Not Extinct

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In Religion and Mythology​

Porcupine’s quill was earlier used in many Hindu religious ceremonies like upanayanam (investiture of the sacred thread), ceremony for pregnant ladies etc.

The porcupine is the emblem of the fourteenth Tirthankara Anantanatha.

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