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Symbolism Of Parrot In Hinduism

The parrot is a frequently used motif in Hindu folklore, literature and sculpture and has deep symbolism in Hinduism.

Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati) at the world famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple is depicted holding a parrot in her right hand. The bird is also associated with Goddess Andal, the Tamil poet and saint, and the foremost devotee of Sri Ranganatha (Vishnu). Goddess Matangi, the presiding deity of music, dance and drama, is also depicted with a parrot.

The image of parrot strikes so many associations, the verdure of the vast expanse of a forest land, the stream of a shining green against a cloudy sky and the tameness of the free bird. As regards holding of a suka as the embodiment of all art forms, it is an indication of art as anukirtana. What a parrot does is a recreation of humanly articulated sound. It is neither a repetition nor an imitation. It is a new chanting. All art is like that. All art is a process to re-experience and to re-manifest something which had been made manifest on a mega scale. All art is an attempt to hold the infinite tune in one moment and infinite space in one line, one letter or one note.

The parrot is also a message-bearer of a woman to her dear one who has gone a long distance on some errand or on some errand or on some difficult assignment. The parrot is also a confidant of a couple and sometimes plays mischief by reproducing the sentences uttered during private love sessions of the couple.