vahana

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vahana (ˈvɑːhənə)
 
n
Indian myth a vehicle
 
[Hindi, from Sanskrit, from vaha to carry]

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vahana

(Sanskrit: "mount," or "vehicle"), in Hindu mythology, the creature that serves as the vehicle and as the sign of a particular deity. The vahana accompanies, pulls the chariot of, or serves as the seat or mount of his god. The vahana is also used on banners and emblems to identify the god or the cult affiliation of the devotee.

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