The King Cobra ( Scientific name Ophipohagus Hannah) is highly revered in India .Celebrated in myths and legends they are worshipped on the day of Nag Panchmi.
Native to the Indian Sub Continent and South East Asia it is the largest venomous snake on Planet Earth.
These colourful snake charmers were spotted at the Camel Fair in Pushkar. Keep an eye on the gentleman without the turban. Watch the bag across his shoulder. Do observe the King has his eye on him as well.
The Kind Cobra has wonderful eyesight and smelling capabilities. It is also equipped with a deadly venom, a neurotoxin which attacks the Central Nervous System.
Watch the man without a turban now adorns a bandanna and has set his bag on the sandy soil. The King has honed onto him and is all attention.
The King Cobra is unique as it is the only snake that makes a nest for its eggs.
Myth and legend surround the King and it is said they have a remarkable memory as well.
The basket is now opened and the King Cobra has a companion.
The King Cobra rears upto a third of its length and can grow to a length of 18 feet or 5.5 metres.
The camels do not seem to be concerned with the presence of these snakes in their midst.
As the habitat of the King Cobra shrinks their numbers in the wild are declining. They are known to have a lifespan of about 20 years.
As per The Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972 the actions of the Snake charmers in holding the King Cobra captive are illegal.
It is also cruel as they defang them and keep them for hours in a basket in hot and dry conditions.
Trust you were spellbound by the enchanting King Cobras in Pushkar.
The Holy city of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India hosts the amazing Camel ( plus cattle and Horse) Fair annually in the month of November( Kartik in Hindi) .
It culminates with the first Full Moon ( Kartik Poornima) after Diwali ( festival of Lights) .
Built around a lake which is revered , Pushkar is inseparable from mythology and folklore. See the featured image with the Bael tree in the foreground and the auspicious lake surrounded by temples and ghats.
The bael tree with its football sized fruits ( the bael) is similarly entwined with Mythology and Legends.
This gorgeous Bael tree was photographed in the courtyard of a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Pushkar.
The Bael ( Hindi) Tree, Golden Apple ( English) , Wood apple ( English), Aegle marmelos ( Scientific) is Native to the Indian Sub Continent.
The trifoliate leaves or Bael Patra are symbolic of the Hindu Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. There are hundreds of legends and you can discover them as you travel across India.
The three lobed leaves are offered to Lord Shiva and placed face downwards .
There are numerous legends about the origins of the Beal
( Bilva) Tree one of which traces the tree to the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi.
The fruit is large and almost the size of a football. It has a soft pulpy centre from which a delicious juice is extracted.
The Juice or Sherbet ( Hindi) has numerous health benefits and mention of the same is found in ancient scriptures dating back to 2000 BC.
The Indian Sambar Deer ( English), Rusa Unicolor unicolor or Cervus Unicolor ( Scientific Name) is among the largest of the deer family found on the Indian subcontinent.
A species that is widespread from China in the north and up to Taiwan in the Far East it is unfortunately declining in number and now restricted to protected sanctuaries and national parks.
Divided into six subspecies the Sambar Deer in the picture below is native to India and can weigh from 250- 300 kgs.
The majestic Male stag is identified by its antlers which have three points ( tines) and form a perfect bow.
Glowing in the rays of the Morning Sun, the Stag appears magically from the dense Sal forest of this lesser known Forest of Central India.
The Sambar deer is mostly active during dawn and dusk . This handsome specimen with a thick mane around the neck and beautiful dark brown fur was spotted alone at dawn In the Satpura Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, India.
The Sambar Deer is the favoured food of the Tiger ( Panthera tigris) and thus can be spotted at all Tiger Sanctuaries in the country.
Do see the lovely patterns the morning light conjures up on the rump of this Stag.
The Indian Sambar Deer sheds these majestic antlersannuallyand then regrows them again.
Like most ungulates they too are herbivores and survive on a wide spectrum of flora.
After a brief sun bath and a majestic show, the Stag turns around and saunters off into the depths of the forest.
Once upon a time these Majestic Stags walked freely across this vast land. Now they are restricted to reserves, parks and sanctuaries.