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VAHANA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'A vehicle.' Most of the gods are represented as having animals as their vahanas. Brahma has the Hansa, swan or goose; Vishnu has Garuda, half eagle, half man; Siva, the bull Nandi, Indra, an elephant; Yama, a buffalo; Karrtikeya, a peacock; Kamadeva, the marine monster Makara, or a parrot; Agni, a ram; Varuna, a fish; Ganesa, a rat; Vayu, an antelope; Sani, or Saturn, a vulture; Durga, a tiger.

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