Dolphins in harbour ‘look for dead friend’(Post No.7512)

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Post No.7512

Date uploaded in London – 29 January 2020

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A moving story about dolphins appeared in London news papers this morning. It reminded me of the Tokyo dog Hachiko  which went to railway station for nine years (see the last paragraph) looking for his master who was already dead.

When we were studying in Setupati High School in Madurai (Tamil Nadu,South India) another novel that was serialised  (Year 1960) in a weekly moved everyone and made them great animal lovers. The novel written by M P Subramanyan was titled ‘Thekkady Raja’ (King of Thekkady). Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary begins from Thekkady which is very near Tamil Nadu border with Kerala. A dam built across River Periar is surrounded by thick forests. Nature lovers can travel by boat to the dam and on the way see the wild animals.

A friend invited the novelist to show the wild animals such as elephants, tigers, deer and bears. But the friend insisted that he should come a few days before Kartik Purnima (full moon day in the month of Kartkai). He went to Thekkady and spent two days with his doctor friend and on the day of Purnima he was woken up half way through his sleep. There he saw a beautiful scene where hundreds of elephants gathered to pay homage to its leader- an elephant who was named Thekkady Raja. When the forest worker Thangasamy ,lighted camphor in respect at the Samadhi (grave) of the elephant Raja and a girl named Nalini. All the elephants raised their trunks and blared and marched back in the bright moon light. Then the author gives the back ground story of departed elephant Raja and departed woman Nalini on the Kartik Purnima day long back. It was a well -read novel in those days. I read it again after five decades in the British library in London.

The dolphin story reminded me of Tokyo dog Hachiko and Thekkady Raja.

Here is Today’s Dolphin Story

“DOLPHINS who made a rare appearance in a harbour are believed to have been looking for a member of their pod feared to have been killed.

Twenty of the creatures returned to Kingswear near Dartmouth in Devon (in Britain)  the day after a dead dolphin was washed up on a slipway with apparent bullet wounds to the head.

Andy Kyle, 63, who took the photos, said he had never seen more than one dolphin in the harbour before. ‘Groups kept swimming past where the dolphin was found. The dolphin looked like a baby. The idea that they were coming back to look for it is very sweet.’

Local retailer Jonathan Hawkins, 53, said one woman had seen two bullet holes.

Animal charity Orca said the idea of ‘very social’ dolphins searching for a pal is credible.

A post mortem is currently taking place on the dead dolphin amid reports that it may have been shot dead.

These heart breaking pictures show a pod of dolphins making a rare venture into a harbour looking for their dead friend. More than 20 mammals were seen at the same spot near Dartmouth, Devon, where another dolphin washed up on the slipway. Locals said they had never seen so many dolphins in the area at one time while experts said it was ‘certainly possible’ they had come to find their dead pod member.


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MOST FAMOUS JAPANESE DOG (From my 2013 article)

The most famous Tokyo dog Hachiko was raised by a professor at the University of Tokyo. Every day the dog came to Shibuya railway station to receive him. After a year of this strange friendship, Professor H. Ueno died suddenly. He never came to the station, but the dog Hachiko came to the station looking for his master everyday  for nine years!! The dog died of cancer in 1935. Even before it died, a newspaper story about the dog made it a national celebrity. In 1934, one year before its death, people erected a bronze statue in front of Shibuya Railways station and the dog also took part in the opening ceremony! After its death, is body was stuffed and is kept in the National Museum in Tokyo.

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18 Jan 2013 – The most famous Tokyo dog Hachiko was raised by a professor at the University of Tokyo. Every day the dog came to Shibuya railway station to …

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Vedic Dog and Church Dog

 

Picture of the dog that regularly attends Mass in an Italian Church

Ramayana Dog and Mahabharata Dog

Dog stories are numerous and very interesting. Hindus were the first to introduce them in to literature. We have the earliest reference to a dog in Rig Veda. That is the oldest reference of this faithful creature. Mahabharata and Ramayana have two interesting dog stories. We have the most famous dog statue in Tokyo railway station. But a church dog story in London newspapers made me to write this article. Let us look at them one by one.

 

Tommy is a seven year old German shepherd dog who used to accompany its owner Maria Margerita Lochi. Margerita went to Santa Maria Assunta Church in San Donaci in Italy. The dog went with her to the church and sat at her feet during mass. Everybody loved the dog. But its owner Maria died last year. The dog has started coming to mass in the Church for the past two months. On the day of Maria’s funeral, it followed her coffin and joined the mourners. Now it comes to the church as soon as the church bell rings for the mass. Father Donato Panna told the news papermen that the dog is well behaved and doesn’t make any sound.

The most famous Tokyo dog Hachiko was raised by a professor at the University of Tokyo. Every day the dog came to Shibuya railway station to receive him. After a year of this strange friendship, Professor H. Ueno died suddenly. He never came to the station, but the dog Hachiko came to the station looking for his master everyday  for nine years!! The dog died of cancer in 1935. Even before it died, a newspaper story about the dog made it a national celebrity. In 1934, one year before its death, people erected a bronze statue in front of Shibuya Railways station and the dog also took part in the opening ceremony! After its death, is body was stuffed and is kept in the National Museum in Tokyo.

 

Now we know why Rig Veda gave so much importance to the first dog in human history, Sarama and its two children Sarameyas. Now we understand why Vyasa of Mahabharata and Valmiki of Ramayana introduced two dog stories in the epics.

Picture of Dattatreya with the four dogs

Dog in Rig Veda

Sarama was the dog of Indra. It pursued and recovered the cows stolen by the Panis. Some scholars interpreted it symbolically. But whatever may be the truth, Hindus were the first one to raise a faithful dog and use it for guarding the property. We gave them due credit and now we know the name for at least 3500 years. It had two children called Sarameyas each with four eyes.  The Greeks copied this story from us and created a character called Hermes (They change S to H and that is how the word Hindu came from the River Sindhu). Rig Vedic Rishis were grateful and immortalised Sarama.

Sarameyas were the watchdogs of Yama.

 

Dog in Mahabharata

Dogs are always associated with Yama, God of Death. If a big calamity or death is going to happen, dogs will know it well in advance and bark or howl for several days before that event. We read such stories before big earthquakes or tsunamis or volcanic eruptions. Scientists now know the reason for their strange behaviour. They are thousand times more sensitive than human beings. They can feel the tremors deep beneath the ground. Their smelling is 3000 times more powerful than humans. When Pandavas decided to end their life, what is called Mahaprathanika, a dog was taken by the eldest of the Pandavas, Dharma (See 17th Parva- Mahaprastanika Parva). Tamils also did some sort of ritual sacrifice called Vatakkiruththal, that is fasting to death facing North. Pandavas also travelled towards Mount Meru in the holy direction North and one by one died on the way. Last was Dharma. When he went to the heaven, God of death refused entry/permission for the dog. Immediately Dharma also declined the offer of entry. He told the guards if the dog was not allowed he would not come in. Then the dog showed its real face, ‘God of Dharma’ itself.

 

We see two points here.1.Dharma wont deviate from the path of dharma( morality) even if it is obtaining heaven.2.Dogs are given so much importance because they are friends of human beings. Rig Veda was the first book to acknowledge it.

Picture of the most famous dog Hachiko in front of Shibuya Railaway Station,Tokyo

 

Dog in Ramayana

The dog story in Uttarkanda (chapter 60,61) of Ramayana has some sense of humour. A dog went to Rama and complained that a Brahmin hurt it without any reason. Immediately Rama summoned him and admonished him. When he asked the ministers what punishment the Brahmin should be given, they told Rama a Brahmin is exempted from punishments. But Rama made the Brahmin a head of an institution to the astonishment of his ministers. When the ministers questioned him about it he told them that the dog knows it well. The dog explained that in its previous birth it was the head of that institution and misappropriated money. So by giving that position he is liable to commit sins and go to hell. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely!

 

Adi Shankara and the 4 Dogs

We have lots of references to dogs in Hindu religious literature. Adi Shankara shunned a Chandala( low caste) who came with four dogs. Later he realised that the Chandala was Lord Parameswara and the four dogs were four Vedas. Lord Dattatreya’s four dogs were four Vedas. Lord Bhairava’s vehicle (Vahana) is a dog. Saint Namdev gave a dog his whole food when it stole part of it.

Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita (5-18) says,

“ Sages see with an equal eye, a learned and humble Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, or even a dog or an outcaste”.

 

Please read other animal stories posted earlier in this blog:

1. Animal Einsteins (Part 1 and Part 2)

2. Can parrots recite Vedas?

3. Why do animals worship Gods?

4. Mysterious Messengers for Ajanta, Angkor Wat and Sringeri

5. Elephant Miracles

6). 45 Words for Elephant

7. Can Birds Predict your Future?

8. Two Little Animals That Inspired Indians

9. Three Wise Monkeys from India

10. Mysterious Tamil Bird Man

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