On the infographic below, you can read about the most sacred animals on the planet and in which religions are they worshiped.


The most sacred animals on the planet


  • COW: Cow is regarded as a holy animal in religions like Hinduism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism.
  • SNAKE: Serpent deities have an important place in Indian culture. During ‘Nag Panchami’, Hindus worship the serpent deities and offer their prayers and warm milk.
  • TIGER: According to the Korean folklore, the tiger is regarded as guardian of the west and a divine spirit. They symbolize power and courage and are believed to ward off evil and bring about good luck.
  • DOG: Dogs, man’s best friend, is also worshiped during the Kukur Tihar festival in few parts of Nepal. In Hindu culture, Lord Dattatreya is depicted with four dogs, and these dogs represent the four Vedas (Rig-Veda, Sama-Veda, Yajur-Veda, and Atharva-Veda).
  • ELEPHANT: All over southern India, the majestic elephants are worshipped in the temples. The Hindu mythology even has a deity called Ganesha- the Elephant God.
  • GOAT: The goat is one of the 12 sign in the Chinese Zodiac. The goat has been worshiped also in Greek and Egyptian mythology.
  • PIG: The people of ancient Egypt regarded pigs as sacred and as an important deity. Their deity appeared as a pig with erect bristles who kept an eye on storms, chaos, deserts, and darkness.
  • CAT: The people of Ancient Egypt were especially known for cat worshipping. The cat’s ability to control snakes and vermin made them a symbol of poise and grace.
  • MONKEY: In Hinduism, monkeys are regarded as culturally significant. The highly revered monkey god Hanuman is widely worshipped throughout India.