Vahanas – Hindu Gods and Goddesses’ Rides

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Shiva – Nandi (The Bull)

Lord Shiva is one of Hinduism’s most revered deities. He is both the destructive and the restorer, representing sensuality as well as the wrathful vengeance. Nandi, his mount, represents sexual energy – kama – and fertility. Shiva has the ability to regulate all impulses while riding on its back.

Durga – Lion or Tiger

Devi’s unconquerable form is Goddess Durga. She is the ultimate god and is also known as Parvati, who is the mother of Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha. Durga is shown as a warrior goddess riding a lion or tiger and wielding several weapons and mudras (symbolic hand motions).

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 Saraswati – Hamsa (Swan)

Brahma’s consort is Goddess Saraswati. She also appears to be riding a Hamsa. Saraswati is the goddess of education and learning. The Hamsa is a graceful and attractive bird known for its beauty, poise, and dancing abilities.

Ganesha – Mouse

Lord Ganesha was regarded as the Obstacle Remover. Ganesha, the elephant-headed chubby god, is one of Hinduism’s most popular deities. He has an unusual mount in the form of a Mouse. It’s hard to believe an elephant could ride in a little rat. In truth, there is a lot of rich symbolism hiding in there.

The mouse was a favourite of Lord Ganesha’s, and the mouse is his vahana. Lord Ganesh was a brilliant man who could find a way out of any situation. This is why he chose a mouse as his vahana because mice can also get out of trouble quickly.

Shani – Vulture, Crow, and Raven

In Hindu Astrology, Lord Shani refers to the planet Saturn, which is one of the nine heavenly objects known as Navagraha. He appears as a black figure with a sword in his right hand, seated atop Vulture, Crow, or Raven, and is one of the Purans’ most worshipped deities. He is also known as Ara, Kona, and Kroda, and is considered the god of terrible luck.

Lakshmi – Ulka (Owl)

Maha Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity. She has the Vahan Owl Ulka as her vehicle, which is interesting. Her Vahan – Ulka is a symbol of perseverance and wisdom.

 Kartikeya – Peacock

Murugan, Subramaniam, Sanmukha, and Skanda were all names given to Lord Kartikeya. He is Lord Shiva’s and Goddess Parvati’s second child. He is also referred to as the deity of war. Kartikeya is a famous deity in India’s southern states. He is the epitome of perfection, a fearless leader of God’s army who was created to exorcise the demons. He is the owner of the Vahan Peacock.

Maa Ganga – Makara (Crocodile)

The Goddess Ganga is revered all around the country. She is the Ganga River, which provides life to millions of Indians. She is revered as the most sacred river and the mother of all rivers. She has the power to cleanse the sins of everyone who bathes in her sacred waters. Goddess Ganga’s Vahana is a Crocodile called a Makara.

Yama – Buffalo

Yama is renowned as the God of Death in Hinduism. He rides the Buffalo as his Vahana, with fiery eyes, a club, and a noose in his hands. Yama is the son of the sun god Surya and Sandhya, according to the Visnu Puran (Daughter of Vishwakarma).

Surya Dev – Seven Horses

The Surya Deva, according to Hindu dharma, is the giver of light to the world. Kasyapa is his son, and Chhaya Devi is Kasyapa’s wife. Willpower, health, fame, and vigour are all represented by the god sun. Ravi, Pusha, Aditya, and Grahapati are all names for the sun.

Lord Surya is known by 12 various names, which are repeated as Surya Namaskar mantras. The god Sun rides seven horses, each representing one of our subtle body’s seven chakras or spiritual centres.

Hanuman – (He Does Not Have a Vahana)

Hindus revere Lord Hanuman as one of their most revered gods. Hanuman aided Lord Rama in defeating Lanka’s Asura King Ravana. Lord Hanuman, it is said, did not require a Vahana because he could fly and travel wherever.

There are also some other Gods and goddesses listed below, along with their Vahanas.

Varuna – Seven Swans
Vayu – Thousands of Horses
Maheshwari – Bull
Bhairava – Dog
Chandi – Pig
Chandra (Moon) – Antelope
Kubera – Man, Parrot, or Horse

Also read: The Fascinating Story Of Ravana, According To Lanka

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