Mongooses are very good mammals, who would be usually found in the forests, and they are considered as the worshipful creatures in Hinduism. Compared with foxes and wolves, Mongooses are very kind animals, and they never harm us. They can be tamed and even brought up in our homes, but according to wild life Act, it is not possible. We can see them only in the zoos, villages and in the dense forests. It is believed that by seeing or holding mongooses in our hands, we would get good fortunes in our life, and also we would become rich, since mongooses are considered as the beloved vehicle of Lord Kubera, and he is usually depicted with a mongoose.
According to one panchatantra story, once there lived a family in a village consisting of the husband, wife and their small child, and they are also having a pet mongoose. Once the wife went to the farm land and after finishing the work, she returned to her home. And at that time, she saw the mongoose which was covered with full of blood in its mouth, was standing in the outside of the home.
Mistakenly, she thought that the mongoose had killed her child, and hit the noble animal with a stone and killed it, and afterwards, she hurriedly went inside the home, and found that her child was peacefully sleeping in the cradle, and a poisonous snake was lying dead in a pool of blood. She was very much upset and realized her mistake and prayed to the almighty to forgive her sin. Based on this lovely story, we can see how much loyalty the small creature had shown to its masters, and how affectionate was the gentle animal!
Hence, whenever we have a chance to visit the zoo, after getting the permission from the zoo authorities, let us provide some food items to the mongooses, in order to make its master Kubera to shower his grace on us, and let him gives us good health, wealth and a peace of mind.
“OM SRI LAKSHMI KUBERARE NAMAHA”