I was hiking through the jungles along with other hikers in Jaipur a few days ago. This area is isolated and not many choose to hike around in this area. The bushes and cactus make it very tough to navigate through this section. While traversing through the jungle there was a sudden flutter caused by a peahen taking off from a nearby bush. She flew off upon hearing our footsteps. We too were startled with the peahen taking off suddenly. Upon getting closer, we discovered the reason for her hiding behind the bush.
The jungles around Jaipur is a natural breeding ground of the peacock. Being a national bird of India, the peacock is protected under wildlife Act. While today we might require such acts to protect this species, for centuries peacock has continued to inspire the poets, weavers and singers and so on. In a way, the peacock has been placed much higher than other birds because it denotes celebrations. The association of its feather with Lord Krishna is well established. The peacock motifs in paintings, frescoes and garments are quite common. In the last few years, jewelry with peacock motif from Jaipur has become very popular too. Rajasthan has long been synonymous with peacock and is commonly found across the state.
It’s a sheer joy to witness this bird in its natural habitat!
This post has been created in response to Weekly Photo challenge- Beneath Your Feet