In 'Pravodha -sudhaakara' by Sankaracharya, we read

as the empty sky fulfills the desires of the chaataka and chakora birds in the form of rain-water and moonlight, Sri Hari inspite of being beyond speech and mind fulfills the desires of devotees.

As far as I know, no bird exists that can survive on rain-water or moonlight.But I am familiar with these two names since childhood.

Does any of our scriptures mention the names of Chaataka and Chakora birds?

Kindly cite proper sources.


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Yes, Chataka and Chakora birds are mentioned in our Scriptures like Itihasas and Puranas. Some example are given below:

Devi Bhagavat Purana, Book 9, Chapter 2

Her eyes, also, like the Chakora bird (Greek partridge) began to drink incessantly with joy the moon beams from the face of S’rî Krisna, defying, as it were, the ten millions of moons.

Mahabharata: Book 3: Vana Parva: Section CLXXVII

And then he beheld (some) lovely spots in the Himalayan mountains, frequented by Devarshis and Siddhas and inhabited by hosts of Apsaras, resounded here and there with (the warbling of) birds--the chakora, the chakrabaka, the jibajibaka and the cuckoo and the Bhringaraja, and abounding with shady trees, soft with the touch of snow and pleasing to the eye and mind, and bearing perennial fruits and flowers.

Mahabharata: Book 12: Santi Parva: SECTION CCCLX

As the bird called Chataka, which is fond of rain, waits in earnest expectation of a shower (for slaking its thirst), even so is that Brahmana waiting in expectation of a meeting with thee.


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