Peacock feather, also called Morpankha, is regarded to be an auspicious symbol in Hinduism. This is because the peacock is a beautiful bird which is also the national bird of India. Many people keep peacock feathers in the house as they are believed to bring good luck and prosperity.
The peacock is believed to be the oldest ornamental bird in the world. However, the reason behind this is quite mysterious. There are various myths which surround this bird. Some of the stories from Hindu mythology have been mentioned herein which substantiate the symbolism of peacock and its feathers.
The origin of the bird
It is believed that the peacock bird has been created out of one of the feathers of the mythical bird Garuda in Hindu mythology who is even the carrier of Lord Vishnu. Garuda is depicted as a mythical bird killing a snake and also as a symbol of the cycle of time.
However, peacocks initially had dull feathers till one day the bird spread its feathers wide open in a combat between the demon Ravana and Lord Indra, allowing the latter to hide behind him and save himself. In return, Lord Indra made the feathers of the peacock iridescent. Indra is incidentally seen as being seated on a peacock throne at all times.
Significance of the feather with Goddess Lakshmi
The peacock bird is also associated with the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. This is the reason why people keep peacock feathers at home as they believe it brings prosperity and wealth to the house. Peacock feathers even keep the house free from flies and other insects.
Lord Krishna always wore a peacock feather on his crown and Lord Kartikeya used it as his mode of conveyance. The peacock, as a bird, is also considered to be a protection for psychic self. Its feathers therefore safeguard the energy in the environment.
The peacock is a majestic and proud bird that brings harmony and joy to the mind. It reminds us of celebration on life when the male bird dances for the sake of the female during courting and mating.
According to Hinduism, Lord Indra is believed to transform himself into a peacock whenever he takes the form of an animal. The peacock is also believed to have a thousand eyes on its feathers. However, the myth about the peacock is that it is supposed to have an angel’s feathers, a devil’s voice and the walk of a thief. It is also the mount of Goddess Saraswati, the giver of wisdom and learning. It is also the vehicle of Lakshmi and Brahma. When the God of love, Kama, mounts it, it represents desire.
The peacock is also symbolic of rain; it is believed to be a foreteller of rain as it dances when it pours. However, if the peacock is seen crying mare than usual, it is said to foretell the death of someone close within the family.