Bird is a fascinating animal with feathers. More fascinating to view when it is flying in the sky (where else anyway!), specially those that soar high or fly in formations. Some birds are flightless. I liken them to mundane, materialistic human beings with all the ills of this world. And those birds that fly are of the metaphysical realm with their souls soaring high towards heaven. Our saints, savants and rishi-munis are like the birds that fly. Hence they interest me, even attract me. And I guess they too are in love with these birds for the same reason.
Last Tuesday, I had been to Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram in city on Ooty Road to see the bird sanctuary of a kind, exclusively for parrots. I had heard of the Swamiji’s special love for parrots and of his providing a facility for pet parrots. Owners of these pet parrots seek facility when they go on holidays, leave the town or when the parrots are sick.
I had not visited the place before; though heard of it. Last Tuesday I could visit the place and was awestruck — not only at the number and variety of parrots I found but also at the facilities available for the health care and feeding of those birds.
Among the parrots, I found parakeet too. It is an affectionate and clever pet. Children love them because they are natural acrobats and most of them can say a few words — a short name, for example. The whole area, about an acre, is exclusively meant for all varieties and sizes of parrots from different parts of the world — many of them exotic. Hence it may be a misnomer to call the place an Aviary per se. I figure it to be like what we familiarly know here, Pinjarapole — a place where abandoned and sick cattle are looked after free. Swamiji, a genius in giving names that are eponymous, has aptly called this facility for the parrots a...more