Jackal is considered as the divine vehicle of Mata Chamunda, an incarnation of Mata Parvati Devi. In some pictures, Mata Kali also appears with her divine vehicle jackal. Jackals though are wild animals, but are considered as very clever animals, and they would mostly live in the forest and in burial grounds.
As per Shiva Purana, while Lord Shiva roams in the burial grounds, along with his Bootha Ganas, lot of jackals would be present along with him, and they used to protect him. Jackals are also believed to be the divine vehicle of Lord Veerabhadra, an avatar of Lord Shiva.
Jackals are mentioned in ancient texts, and they are also considered as an aspect of the Shiva Bootha Ganas. Most of the people will not kill the jackals, since it is one of the protected animals, and also it is living in the forests and in the zoo. But some people in the villages, used to hunt the wild jackals for their teeth and skin, and they would also consume its meat, since jackals meat is considered as good for weak and unhealthy people.
But it is not preferable to eat jackals, since they are considered as holy ones. Whenever we find them in any villages or zoo, we can offer fruits as food items to them. Giving food to the jackals would fetch us the divine blessings of Lord Shiva’s Bootha Ganas.
Let us worship Lord Nandikeshwara who is the immediate controller of the Bootha Ganas of Lord Shiva, and be blessed.
“OM SRI SHIVA BOOTHA GANAYA NAMAHA”