This Jaipur [karansguesthouse.wordpress.com] ‘The gorgeous peacock is the glory of God’.A sanskrit verse says. But poachers are only interested in its white meat and eggs and tail feathers and not in its glorifying God.Due to poaching and use of pesticides their numbers are decreasing alarmingly. There was a time when these birds were everywhere in the north,west and central India.It had been proclaimed the national bird of India. So it was protected by law and according to the scriptures it was thought to be a vehicle of Goddess Saraswati(learning),Kartikeya(god of war) and Subrahmanya (god of yogic powers). Alexander the great took back with him to Greece 200 birds and they spread to western Asia,north Africa,Europe and America. The Peacock is the first bird to sound the alarm of the approach of a tiger or a leopard in the jungle.