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Story of Origin of Crows in Hindu Tradition

There are two important stories in Puranas regarding the origin of crows. Crows are important Hinduism because one of the unique rituals followed in Hindu tradition during Shradh is offering food to crows. As per Agni Purana, crows in the world were born from Kaki, the daughter of Sage Kashyap and Tamra.

Another story of origin of crows is mentioned in the Shiva Purana. King of Kashi had a daughter named Kalavati – she was an ardent devotee of Shiva and always chanted the Shiva Panchakshara Mantra. She was married to Dasarha, King of Mathura. When Dasarha touched Kalavati intense heat was produced and this burned the hands of the king.

On enquiry it was found the Dasarha was a sinner and was leading an Adharmic life.

Kalavati took Dasaraha to Sage Garga, who purified him with mantras. Through the power of the mantras, sins from Dasaraha came out in the form of crows.