FEED­ING THE CROWS

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Sig­nif­i­cance of feed­ing the Crows:

Crows are one of the most in­tel­li­gent birds in the world. Crows are known for their unity, when one crow finds the food, it calls other crows and they take the food to­gether.

The peo­ple of Nepal wor­ship crows on the first day of Di­wali or Ti­har fes­ti­val. Crows are wor­shiped by of­fer­ings of food placed on the roofs of houses. The caw­ing of crows sym­bol­izes sad­ness and grief in Hin­duism, so Hin­dus of­fer crows food to avert grief in their homes.

In South In­dia, dur­ing the Kanum Pon­gal fes­ti­val in Tamil Nadu, women of the fam­ily place dif­fer­ent kinds of coloured rice, sweet pon­gal on a plan­tain leaf and in­vite the crows, which share and en­joy the "Kaka pidi, Kanu pidi" feast.

Hin­dus be­lieve that feed­ing the crows will ap­pease their an­ces­tors. God Sha­neesh­war's Va­hana is the crow.

Hin­dus also be­lieve that crows guard us from evils, es­pe­cially dur­ing the Sani Dosha.

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