Tiny Indian Squirrel in Agra

In Hindu India, all life is a gift from God, even tiny, insignificant animals.  Of course, it may be their belief in reincarnation or a real love of life. For me, I choose the latter.

Tiny Indian Squirrel

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Though it looks like our chipmunk, this is a  squirrel found only in parts of  India.  We noticed them scooting up the trees and across the lane where we lived in Ahmadabad  The  first significant encounter I had with this  tiny animal was in Agra.  You might remember the  most famous building in Agra is the sublimely beautiful  Taj Mahal . I was walking through the windy, narrow streets with several of the girls going  back to our hotel.  We noticed that at the nearby intersection, traffic was completely  stopped.  Several men were standing in a circle in the center of the street.  On the ground was an obviously hurt squirrel trashing around as if  tying to get up or catch its breath. It seemed  near death , as far as I could tell. No one touched the squirrel,  no on one hurried on her way, no one blew his horn, impatiently; cars just  stopped in the middle of the road.  We passed by without stopping  like the priest and the Levite in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. We did comment that in the states, the squirrel would not have gotten so much attention and probably would have been put out of its misery by being hit again with another car.  But in India, this tiny, insignificant animal’s life is treated  as a gift from God.

I was curious about the mythology so I Goggled it! There is a story in the Holy Book of Ramayana about Rama and the squirrel. The squirrel was trying to help the larger animals build a bridge, and they laughed at his effort and size. Rama blessed the tiny squirrel by stroking his back with his three fingers.   Even today , the Indian squirrel shows this blessing by wearing three stripes on is back. Indian-Palm-Squirrel-2

squirrel with rama

Images from Krishha Mohan 2010, and Creative.Sulekha.com

“The Victory of the Little Squirrel”  from Naraya Hari’s Blog

“Everyone has different gifts and capabilities. We should try to perform to the best of our ability, however difficult the task may be.” From the myth “The Victory of the Little Squirrel”

T I  I I ! (This Is Incredible India!)

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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14 Responses to Tiny Indian Squirrel in Agra

  1. quarksire says:

    dis sQuirrel likes this blog 🙂

  2. … and Sri Lanka too. 🙂

  3. YellowCable says:

    I first thought that is a chipmunk too. I like the pattern and the fur.. look healthy.

  4. I’ve heard this story about Lord Ram stroking the squirrels back and making lines too !! I love how you put the story and such a noble thought towards the end together .. Have a nice day !

  5. Reblogged this on mohana's space and commented:
    TINY SQUIRREL ALSO CAN CONTRIBUTE…

  6. annetbell says:

    Reblogged this on TalesAlongTheWay and commented:

    Another example of the gentle Indian spirit and reverence of life, no matter the size!

  7. Chess says:

    A really cute little fellow 😄

    • annetbell says:

      They are indeed, Chess. We saw them on the ground and running up the trees near the hostel where we stayed and had no idea they were squirrels . We thought they were chipmunks !

  8. This is a simple yet great post. Your attention to the squirrel is amazing. One the one hand you talk about the politics of JFK and on the other about a tiny being, the squirrel and the legend associated with it. Thanks for the feel good post.

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