‘Shraadh’ is the period when Hindus remember their ancestors’ souls by offering prayers and food to crows. Hence it is not strange to find people looking for crows to offer food signifying the soul of the loved one is satisfied and at peace.
The residents of Dharisana village of Dahegam taluka, Gandhinagar, recently spotted a white crow that ensued great excitement. Shailesh Patel, the Dharisana sarpanch said that he had spotted this crow early morning 20 days back at a tea stall. He further said that when offered some snacks, the crow pecked at it but seemed to be relatively slower than other crows.
As per the experts, the crow is white due to a rare gene disorder seen in one of 10,000 births where the condition either causes an absence of melanin or an abnormality in the deposition of pigment in feathers. A veterinary doctor associated with Indroda park further stated that these kinds of crows are very numbered and must only be one or two in entire Gujarat.
Nimesh Nadolla, a healthcare worker from Ahmedabad said that he went to the village with his friend where they spotted the bird and posted some good pictures on social media that spread like wildfire.