The peacocks are bright colour birds with predominantly blue fan like crest of spatula-tipped wire like feathers. And is best recognize for their long train with elongate upper-tail covert feathers which bear colourful eyespots. These stiff feathers are raise into a fan and quivered in a display during courtship. Prominent in many cultures, the peacock has been use in numerous iconic representations. There is a frequent depiction in temple art, mythology, poetry, folk music and traditions.
Peacocks are peafowl species with scientific name ‘Pavo Cristatus’ and also has another name ‘mayura’ in Sanskrit. Male peafowl are refer to as peacocks, and female peafowl are refer to as peahens, even though peafowl of either sex are often refer to colloquially as “peacocks”. Despite the length and size of these covert feathers, peacocks are still capable of flight. Peahens lack the train, have a white face and iridescent green lower neck, and dull brown plumage.
The Indian peafowl lives mainly on the ground in open forest or on land under cultivation where they forage for berries, grains but also prey on snakes, lizards, and small rodents. Their loud calls make them easy to detect, and in forest areas often indicate the presence of a predator such as a tiger. A folk belief in many parts of India is that the peacock does not copulate with the peahen but that she gets impregnat by other means. The stories vary and include the idea that the peacock looks at its ugly feet and cries whereupon the tears are fed on by the peahen causing it to be orally impregnate while other variants incorporate sperm transfer from beak to beak.
Significance In Different Cultures
It is believe that the peacock was created from one of the feathers of Garuda, a mythical bird in Hindu mythology and a carrier of Lord Vishnu. It depicts as a mythical bird which is killing a snake. According to a number of Hindu scriptures, it is a symbol of the cycle of time.
Peacocks are native to the Indian subcontinent and is the national bird of India. The bird represented elegance and royalty in India during medieval times. They have also introduce to many other countries as well. The bird is celebrated in Hindu and Greek mythology. The peacock represents in both the Burmese and Sinhalese zodiacs. To the Sinhalese people, the peacock is the third animal of the zodiac of Sri Lanka. By Christian adoption of old Persian and Babylonian symbolism, in which the peacock was associated with Paradise and the Tree of Life, the bird is again associated with immortality. In Christian iconography, the peacock is often depicts next to the Tree of Life. Among Ashkenazi Jews, the golden peacock is a symbol for joy and creativity, with quills from the bird’s feathers being a metaphor for a writer’s inspiration. In Buddhist philosophy, the peacock represents wisdom.
In Chinese mythology, the beautiful colors and “eyes” on the peacock’s tail represented fame and good luck, as they enhanced one’s protection and awareness. While representing different meanings to different cultures, the peacock, with its unique beauty, makes it a handy symbol for power, strength, confidence, and even divinity, something with which most monarchs throughout history have wants to associate.
The Indian peacock is regarded as an auspicious symbol in Hinduism and is the mount of Lord Kartikeya, Goddess Kaumari, and also of Sarasvati, the goddess of wisdom and learning. It is also the vehicle of Shri Lakshmi and Lord Brahma. When mounted by kama, the god of love, it represents desire. The peacock displays the divine shape of Omkara when it spreads its magnificent plumes into a full-blown circular form.
A story in the ‘Uttara Ramayana’ describes the head of the Devas, Indra, who unable to defeat Ravana, sheltered under the wing of peacock and later blessed it with a “thousand eyes” and fearlessness from serpents. Another story has Indra who after being getting curse with a thousand ulcers were transform into a peacock with a thousand eyes and this curse was removed by Lord Vishnu.
Peacock Feathers And Lord Krishna
Peacock feathers also adorn the crest of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is said that once, Lord Krishna woke first from a rest in the forest with his cowherd friends, he thought to wake everyone and call the cows grazing at a distance by playing his flute. Lord Krishna played a melodious raga with his flute and this wonderful vibration enchanted the peacocks in and around the Govardhan hills. Their hearts began to sing in happiness and fill the skies with their own song. The resonant vibrations from the flute encouraged the peacocks to dance and by his kind glances and sweet smiling. They cried with joy and it sounded all over the hills. In time, their sounds became indistinguishable from the echoes. They became excited and jumped up and down, flapping their wings.
As the peacocks danced, the kings of peacocks made his way to the lotus feet of Sri Krishna, touches his holy feet and makes a sound which Sri Krishna understands as a thanking note and requesting him to dance with them. Sri Krishna accepts to dance and moves amidst them, dancing like the peacocks increasing the tempo and playing to the rhythm of his steps. The bliss of the peacocks increased multifold when Sri Krishna danced with them. It was so overwhelming, that some peacocks fainted. All the animals and cowherds of the Govardhan hills stood transfixed, unable to move their eyes away from the dance of Sri Krishna.
After many days, when he stopped dancing, there was an enchanting silence. The king of the peacocks approached Sri Krishna with great humility, bowed down his head and said, “You have created a festival of bliss for which we remain eternally indebted to you. It is our duty to offer you ‘Gurudakshina’. I request you to accept our only opulence, our plumage. Wear them on your crown as a decoration.” With large tears of ecstasy, the king of peacocks dropped many divine feathers. Sri Krishna lovingly accepted the offering of the peacocks and picked up the feathers and to everybody’s joy, placed a few of them on his turban. The minute he touched its crown, all peacock feathers became Holy. Then they are bless with powers of many kinds with magical healing abilities.
Healing Benefits of Peacock Feathers
Peacock feathers or mor pankh have a long and illustrious history dating back to antiquity. Many people believe that peacock feathers possess many healing benefits that can enhance one’s life. These include improving emotional well-being, bringing joy, and protecting against negative energy. There are uses in many rituals and ornamentation. Peacock motifs are widespread in Indian temple architecture, old coinage, textiles and continue to have uses in many modern items of art and utility. It is believe that keeping peacock feathers at home brings good luck and prosperity as they are also identified with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. They are also bring luck in love because of their charming, gentle, and romantic nature.
The peacock is considered to be a bird of protection and safe guarding. This bird is also valued as a protection for the psychic self. Thus, the peacock feather within a home safeguards the energy in the environment. It is also believe that peacock feathers keep the house free from flies and other insects. To escape from lizards roaming in your home then have peacock feathers at every corner of your home. There is a believe that they are able to foretell rain, by dancing before it pours. And, if a peacock cries more than usual, then it foretell the death of someone in the family.
Peacock feathers have long history in astrology as a symbol of beauty, power, and nobility. People who wear peacock feathers often feel more confident and powerful. It is beneficial for mental clarity and focus. People who use peacock feathers in their astrological readings often report increased feelings of well-being and happiness. The dancing posture of a peacock in your living room can bring richness, sophistication, and beauty. Someone who suffers Rahu Dosha in their horoscope can use peacock to bring happiness and keep away bad spirits.
Placing a peacock feather on the idol brings additional benefits and said to remove Vastu Dosha. This releases mental stress or disturbance. You can keep the feather of a peacock in the south-east direction of your house or building as it is believe to bring wealth and happiness.
Peacock feather fans are becoming more popular in bedrooms for their many benefits. Some of these benefits include: It has a natural antimicrobial agent that can help keep your bedroom environment clean and healthy. They create a calming and relaxing atmosphere in the bedroom. This reduces stress and improve sleep quality. Also they boost energy levels and gives a feeling of well-being.
Some people believe that they have health benefits, such as helping to improve circulation, reducing inflammation, and fighting allergies. It emits negative ions, which can help to improve mood and concentration levels. It aids in relieving tension headaches and migraines. Also reducing stress levels, making it a great choice for those who work on a computer all day long. It can also help improve energy levels and moods, making it an ideal addition to any stressful lifestyle.