Glossary

Vāhana
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TermVāhana
Alternative Termsvāhanas, vahana, vehicle, vehicles, mount, mounts
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The vehicle of a Hindu god or goddess. Usually an animal, the vāhana fulfils one or more roles and may:

  • be the deity's emblem
  • symbolise positive attributes associated with the deity
  • represent evil powers over which the god has triumphed
  • help the divinity to perform duties.

The vāhana may also have its own divine powers or be worshipped in its own right.

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