Who rides what Vahana (Animal or Bird)?

 

Following is the first list of Hindu Vahanas:

1.Ganesh/Vinayaka=Mouse

2.Kartikeya/Skanda/Murugan–Peacock

3.Shiva=Bull/ Nandhi

4.Raja Rajeswari= Lion

5.Vishnu= Garuda/Eagle

6.Bhairava=Dog

7.Sastha= Horse

8.Ayyappa= Tiger

9.Sani/Saturn= Crow

10.Kalki Avatar=Horse

11.Indra= Airavata/ Elephant

12.Lakshmi= Red Lotus, Owl

13.Sarasvati=White Lotus, Swan

14.Ganga Devi= Crocodile

15.Manamatha & Rathi= Parrot

16.Kubera= Man,Parrot or Horse

17.Vishnu= 7 headed Snake/ Sesha

18.Krishna=Banyan leaf

19.Brahma= Swan

 

20.Kartikeya=Rhino (Vietnam)

21.Chandi= Pig

22.Sindhi saint= Fish

23.Ganda Beranda Bird= Mannarkudi Rajagopalswamy

24.Varuna= Makara (Shark or Crcodile)

25.Agni / Fire= Ram

26.Durga= Antelope

27.Marut= Deer

28.Lakshmi in Nepal=Turtle, In Bengal=owl

29.Durga= Lion or Tiger

30.Chamundi- Owl

31.Asvini Devas= Donkey (also for Indra and Agni)

32.Dead Body= Niruthi

33.Sun= 7 Horse Chariot

34.Rahu/ Shasti= Cat

35.Rathi= Pigeon

Following Vahanas are used by different temples in Tamil Nadu

36.Surya Prabha (SUN)= Northern Districts of Tamil Nadu

37.Chandra Prabha (MOON)= Northern Districts of Tamil Nadu

38.Karpaka Vrksha= (Wish fulfilling Tree)

39.Kamadenu= Wish fulfilling Cow

40.Kailash Vahana= Siva

41.Bhupala Vahanam= Vishnu

42.Purusha Mrugam

43.Bhuta Vahanam= Shiva

44.Punnai Tree Vahana= krishna

45.Karampasu Vahanam (See Kamadhenu)

46.Goat Chariot=Pushan

47.7 Cow Chariot=Ushas

48.Kali= Yali (Yali is a mythical animal)

48.Snake= Manasa Devi

49.Seetala= Donkey

50.Viswakarma= Elephant

 

Nava Grahas (Nine Planets)

Sun=Chariot drawn by Seven Horses

Moon= Antelope chariot

Mars=Ram

Bhudan/ Mercury= Horse

Jupiter= Elephant

Venus= Horse/ Crocodile

Saturn / Saniswarea= Crow

Rahu= Lion/ Cat/Tiger

Ketu=Fish

In the next part we will see the Vahanas of Ashta Bhairav,Sapta Matha etc.…….Contd.

Other Vahana Articles written and posted by me:

Please read my other articles on Vahanas in my blogs:

1.Iraq: 7 Gods Procession on Vahanas,2.Deer Chariot: Rig Veda to Santa Claus,3.Hindu Vahanas around the World,4.Vahanas in Kalidasa and Tamil Literature, 5.Who Rides What Vahanas? Tamil articles: 6.உலகம் முழுதும் இந்து தெய்வ வாகனங்கள்,7.சங்கத் தமிழ் இலக்கியத்தில் வாகனங்கள்,8.வாகனங்கள் தோன்றியது எங்கே?ஏன்? எப்போது?,9.எந்தக் கடவுளுக்கு என்ன வாகனங்கள்?

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3 Comments

  1. Very nice collection on Vahanas! I would more interested in knowing the reasoning behind Vahanas, what the does the different Vahanas for different God means?

  2. Hi
    Thanks. For each god, there is a different story. I am going to put them in the last article.
    I have explained the reasons in Tamil and English. We saw it first in Babylonia in 3000 BC. If we believe that our Vedas are older than Babylonia, then we are the one who spoke about Vahanas for the first time. Vahanas are in Vedas and later literature. So far, I have done eight articles based on my forty year research. More to come.Please keep reading.

  3. Great! Thank you. 🙂

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