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World Forest Day - Season 1 - E1 Cow, Dog, Horse

Did you know that the animals we see around us every day play a significant role in our mythologies? The holy cow is seen as a granter of wishes, an auspicious animal and a protector of Shiva. The dog appears in many stories as a loyal friend of the Gods. The horse is usually depicted as friendly and loyal, and is revered as a mythical creature that can fly to heaven and possesses wings. Know the stories and interpretations of these fascinating creatures in this episode of Animals in Mythology.

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    In a mood to eat Shikari food, Chef Ranveer makes a trip into the jungle with Manu Bhai! He makes Junglee Maas, a simple royal dish which was innovated in the forest. He speaks of the hunting history of Rajasthan and invader influence on its cooking methods.Like the Bedouin tribe's hot stone cooking, Chef Ranveer prepares Patthar ka Gosht on a stone slab with patthar ke phool. Upon seeing all this, Manu Bhai gets nostalgic and breaks into a beautiful rustic song.

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    Did you know that the animals we see around us every day play a significant role in our mythologies? The holy cow is seen as a granter of wishes, an auspicious animal and a protector of Shiva. The dog appears in many stories as a loyal friend of the Gods. The horse is usually depicted as friendly and loyal, and is revered as a mythical creature that can fly to heaven and possesses wings. Know the stories and interpretations of these fascinating creatures in this episode of Animals in Mythology.

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    A figure of beauty and royalty, the peacock symbolism often appears in our mythological tales. The snake is closely linked with Lord Shiva, and there are also a number of stories depicting snakes as evil and wicked creatures. The eagle, on the other hand, is depicted as being extremely powerful and gifted with immortality. Delve deeper into some fascinating stories of these majestic animals from our scriptures on this episode of Animals in Mythology.

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    In Hindu mythology, some animals occupy an exalted status. Devi Durga’s vehicle of choice, the tiger, is considered to be spiritually evolved. The lion, another majestic and ferocious creature, is one of the fiercest avatars of Vishnu. The bear another wild, fearless, and courageous beast forms an integral part in Hindu mythology.

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    The first avatar of Vishnu, the fish is part of many Indian legends and appears often in Hindu iconography. The rat is Lord Ganesha’s chosen vehicle and there are some intriguing stories of how that came to be. The boar another avatar of Vishnu is usually portrayed as a feisty beast. The tortoise is depicted as the epitome of patience and stability. Learn more about the legends surrounding these intriguing creatures in this episode of Animals in Mythology.

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    This is a story of the elusive man-eating tigers, whose reign of terror had spread far and wide. In this episode, we will take you close to the heart of the matter – the actual areas where the tigers have gone on an unprecedented killing spree, up-close footage of a major offensive launched for their capture and, of course, eyewitness accounts of a few lucky survivors. Not since the days of Jim Corbett have man-eating tigers gained so much attention as these ones. But there is an unexpected twist in the tale.

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    Nothing comes quite close to the feeling of seeing an elephant charging at you. Chances are you might not survive — if you do, you’d remember to stay out of the animal’s way. By and large, elephants are the biggest and among the most peaceful animals of the jungle. You let them mind their business and they will not interfere in yours. The occasional news reports about elephants destroying crops in villages situated next to forests are quite true but, here again, we are equally to blame for the attacks

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    Ranthambore Fort lies within the Ranthambore National Park, adjacent to the town of Sawai Madhopur. The park used to be the hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Jaipur until the time of India's Independence. It is a formidable fort, having been a focal point of the historical developments in Rajasthan.

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    Here are some undisputed facts: B2 remains the only tiger in the world to have been documented, through photographs and videos, throughout the stretch of his life. First photographed when he was barely 15 days old - being taken away to safety by his mother Mohini – up until 14 years later, just a week before his death in November 2011. During his lifetime, B2 was the focus of at least five television documentaries made by international channels, and his death was prominently mentioned by the national media. Not many tigers – or for that matter, humans – enjoy this kind of attention.

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    Uttarakhand is a state that has a high prevalence of man–leopard conflict. The rate of human–animal conflict cases in Uttarakhand is the highest in the country. The seriousness of the menace can be gauged from the fact that leopards have killed over 600 people, and over 3,100 people have been injured in the last 17 years in the state.

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    It was sometime in 2004 when the roar of the tiger stopped reverberating altogether in Sariska, and the Indian government embarked on an ambitious plan. It was decided to relocate tigers from Ranthambore – another national park in Rajasthan – to Sariska. It was felt that since both Sariska and Ranthambore national parks shared a somewhat similar terrain, the tigers from the latter would accept their new home. In this episode, we find out about the stunning return of tigers to Sariska national park.

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    In this episode, we focus on the growing number of confrontations between humans and animals. Whether it’s the tiger, the elephant, or even the highly protected one-horned rhino, each one has suffered in these never-ending confrontations. Besides gripping footage, the special episode also carries viewpoints of some renowned experts.

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    Machli is considered to have been the most photographed tigress in the world. She was featured in a number of wildlife documentaries. Machali, born in 1996 or 1997, was the dominant cub in a litter of three females. She inherited her name from her mother, Machli I, who was named Machli because of a fish-shaped mark on her face.

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    An elephant is normally peaceful by nature and, left to itself, tends to mind its own business. However, at times, a musth elephant – a periodic condition among bull elephants with a continued draining of bodily fluids from its temple glands – poses a major threat to humans.

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    Bill encounters the magnificent tiger along with Sambar and Blue Bull, Wild Boar and Langur Monkey in the wildlife sanctuary of Ranthambore. We end the episode with a tour of a very different national park. Board a rickshaw and join your guide as he explores Keoladeo National Park, known for its abundant bird life.

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    With classic tales as The Jungle Book to his credit, Rudyard Kipling brought India to life for many readers around the world. In this episode, Bill steps back into Kipling's wild world while exploring Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks, the inspiration for The Jungle Book and many other tales. There, we track tigers and search for jackal, sambar, chital, monkeys and wildboar.

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    The desert of Gujarat is hardly the place one expects to encounter a lion, but in the scrub forest of the region Bill does exactly that. Join him as he tracks the lion and many less dangerous creatures from spotted deer to owls and parrots. Around the campfire at night meet the local dance group who is preserving the traditional dances of the area people. A unique experience in a unique region.

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    A crew visits the Kaziranga National Park to film the Indian Rhinoceros. There comes a moment when they are trapped between the tall grass on one side, and a herd of elephants on another. This incident shifts their interest from the rhinos to the elephants of the National Park, all because of Debeshwar Pegu. Debeshwar is the Elephant Whisperer, working as a Forest Officer, who saves the crew from one of the elephants about to charge. Discover his story and his special bond with Maya, a female elephant living in the National Park.

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    It was Rudyard Kipling of 'The Jungle Book' fame who once commented that the female of the species is deadlier than the male. Witness a true story which proves the truth of this adage, at least as far as Indian wildlife is concerned. In this story, two headstrong tigresses wage a proactive battle that changes the course of their lives.

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    Watch the heroic struggle of a group of 54 trekkers to survive in often hostile conditions at the immense altitude of 19,500 feet. With rivetting footage of the events as they unfolded in the higher reaches of the Himalayas, this real-life drama will have you at the edge of your seat.

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    Decades ago, Jim Corbett rid the Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region of its man-eating tigers. Through his books and his efforts to aid the local people, he entered the folklore of Kumaon. Today, he is considered one of India's foremost environmentalists, whose efforts gave a new lease of life to the tigers. But what is their state now? Find out in this episode.

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    Rehman Khera in Uttar Pradesh is a small village on the outskirts of Lucknow. The campus of Central Institute For Sub-Tropical Horticulture is the only structure of note in this hamlet. However, in January, 2012, Rehman Khera and the Central Institute caught the public eye when a wild tiger entered the area.

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    Who are the most talked and written-about tigers in India, whose fame has earned them the status of wild celebrities? Meet the tigers who are known for their special appeal and who have had huge fan following.

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    The city of Balasinor has been a site of attraction for several palaeontologists worldwide to study and research fossils. In this documentary, host Neha S. K. Mehta takes us to the Dinosaur Fossil Park situated in this city of Gujarat- the 3rd largest dinosaur fossil excavation site in the world. This site is the only place in the globe to have 675 million years-old fossilized dinosaur eggs. See them for yourself in Balasinor: Rediscover India's Dinosaurs.

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    Located in Uttarakhand in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rajaji National Park is a national park and tiger reserve that encompasses the Shivaliks. Uncover the true story of the disappearance and resurgence of tigers in this habitat that is also home to several intriguing species of birds and plants.

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    Situated in the heart of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the best places in India to go tiger-spotting. Though that is not the only reason to take a safari through this reserve. This National Park also boasts of hosting Indian leopards, sloth bears, barasingha, and Indian wild dogs.

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    Understand the undeniable impact of human-animal conflicts in the beautiful hilly state of Uttarakhand. Are leopards and elephants in the region feeling the heat of human development, and paying the price for it?

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    The Kaziranga National Park in the north-eastern state of Assam is a World Heritage Site recognized for its biodiversity. Known for its significant population of rhinos, the park is also home to Bengal tigers, elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer.

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    Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan is a paradise for birds and bird-lovers. It’s home to countless number of Indian and migrant bird species, many of which travel thousands of kilometres each year to nest at this special site.

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    Animal attacks can be devastating for humans and their animal assailants. When a leopard attacked and injured 6 in the northern state of Uttarakhand, on the borders of Corbett National Park, the aftermath was brutal. Bowing to public anger and anguish in response to the event, the foresters had to agree to capture the leopard.

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    Animal attacks can be devastating for humans and their animal assailants. When a leopard attacked and injured 6 in the northern state of Uttarakhand, on the borders of Corbett National Park, the aftermath was brutal. Bowing to public anger and anguish in response to the event, the foresters had to agree to capture the leopard.

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    An episode on the training of a wild elephant!

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    In this episode, we focus on the growing confrontations between humans and animals. Whether it’s the tiger, the elephant or even the highly protected one-horned rhino, each has suffered in these conflicts. Besides gripping footage, the special episode also carries the viewpoints of some renowned wildlife experts.

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