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Vahana is the being or object that serves as the mount or vehicle of a deity in Indian mythology. Vah in Sanskrit means to carry or to transport.The vahana of a deity can vary according to the source, the time, and the place. In popular tradition, the origin of each vahana is told in thousands of different ways.Deities almost always have an animal for a vahana. The vahana is sometimes real, sometimes mythological, and sometimes a composite.In iconography, the vahana is both the symbol and the emblem of the deity that it carries. Nandi the bull, vahana of Shiva, represents strength and virility

Durga the warrior could not have destroyed the demon Mahishasura without the aid of her mount or vahana the lion. Lion is depicted to double her power. Durga takes this vahana only when she has to fight the evil to protect the world and good.

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