Vahana denotes the being, typically an animal or mythical entity, a particular Hindu deity is said to be use as a god vehicle. It is often called the deity’s “mount”. Deities are often depicted riding on it. The deity may be seen sitting or standing on, it. They may be sitting on a small platform called a howdah, or riding on a saddle or bareback. In Sanskrit “vah” means to carry or to transport.
These god vehicles are devoted companions to the god and goddess and also signify the importance that Hinduism attaches to other beings. There are so many vehicles but some of the interesting that are discussed below in detail:
Nandi – The Vehicle of Lord Shiva
The vehicle of lord Shiva is Nandi. Nandi is basically a bull. Bull is a symbol of strength and purity. The bull is always seen facing the idol of lord Shiva. It is said that Nandi is used to guard kailash and if anyone wanted to meet the lord needed his permission and these rules are still followed in all the temples. It is also said that devotee can whisper his wish to Nandi ear’s that will be communicated the lord.
Lion- The Vehicle of Maa Parvati
Maa parvati is the Hindu goddess of love and devotion. She is the god of divine strength and power. She is the mother goddess of Hinduism and has a many aspects. Each of her aspects is expressed with a different name. The vehicle that goddess parvati is seen riding is the lion. Goddess parvati killed many demons and protector of all. In many of her fights against demons the lion played a vital role.
Mouse/Mooshakraj – The Vehicle of Lord Ganesha
Vahana of Lord Ganesha is mouse. Lord Ganesha was very intelligent and having a so many ways to out of any trouble and his Vahana also has the ability to get out of nay trouble.
A Peacock – The Vehicle of Lord Karthik
Kartik is the elder brother of lord Ganesha is often seen riding the peacock. While fighting the demons he used his vehicle. The peacock is very fast and helped him fighting better.
A White Swan – The Vehicle of Maa Saraswati
Maa Saraswati is the goddess of education and knowledge. She can be seen riding a white swan. The white swan is a symbol of peace and which is needed for achieving great heights in education and fine arts.
White Owl – The Vehicle of Maa Laxmi
Maa Laxmi is the goddess of wealth and good fortune. Her Vahana is white owl. White owl is not very common to see. White owl symbolizes prosperity.
Garuda- The Vehicle of Lord Vishnu
The vehicle of lord Vishnu was garuda, a bird like creature. The bird is associated with violent force and speed and is considered an ardent enemy of serpents.