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In the national newspaper the logo at top of newspaper a character is depicted at left. It was believed by some to be Kamadhenu from Hindu mythology. But why those wings?... so much like the Ahura Mazda of Zoroastrian faith from Persia:

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Known as Gayomard, the sculpture reveals the body of a bull, the face of a human being and the wings of a supernatural being.

Can someone enlighten who is that he or she supposed to actually represent in The Hindu newspaper logo?


It is undeniable that the cow is held in highest veneration among the Hindus, but that is not the point here.

Wiki reference unedited to an extent reinforces the above:

This vision of Kamadhenu, the wish-granting cow of ancient Hindu legend, combines a white zebu cow with the crowned, frontal female face, colorful “eagle” wings, and peacock tail of Buraq, the animal (horse) that the prophet Muhammad rode to heaven on his night journey (Miraj). From at least the fifteenth century, Persian paintings showed Buraq with a horse’s body, wings, and a woman’s face; the peacock tail may have been an Indian addition. Popular portrayals of Kamadhenu in India today often show her in this Indo-Persian composite form; this may be one of the earliest images to merge the visual characteristics of the Hindu Kamadhenu with the Islamic Buraq.

So although wingless form is in the scriptures, this winged Avatar is not indigenous to Hindu India but is adapted, as Hinduism sanctions proper assimilation.. or so it appears to me even now.


The winged creature can be also found in ( Indonesian Blog, page 3 Figure 1: 3 = Winged Winged Cow Man ):


Penemuan Modern. Pada tahun 1843, Botta, konsul Perancis di Mossoul, menemukan istana raja Assyria di bawah sebuah bukit dekat Tigris. Di sini untuk pertama kalinya orang bisa melihat produksi seni Assyria; sapi bersayap yang dipahat di batu, yang ditempatkan di gerbang istana ditemukan utuh, dan dipindahkan ke Museum Louvre di Paris. Penggalian Botta menarik perhatian Eropa, sehingga banyak ekspedisi dikirimkan. Place dan Layard berhasil menemukan reruntuhan istana lainnya. Reruntuhan ini terjaga dengan baik, terlindungi oleh kekeringan iklim dan oleh lapisan bumi. Mereka menemukan dinding yang dihiasi dengan relief dan lukisan; patung dan prasasti ditemukan dalam jumlah yang besar.

Google Translation

Modern Discovery. In 1843, Botta, the French consul in Mossoul, discovered the king's palace of Assyria under a hill near the Tigris. Here for the first time one can see the art production of Assyria; The winged cow carved in stone, placed at the palace gate found intact, and transferred to the Louvre Museum in Paris. The excavation of Botta drew European attention, so many expeditions were sent. Place and Layard managed to find other palace ruins. These ruins are well preserved, protected by climate drought and by layers of the earth. They find walls decorated with reliefs and paintings; Statues and inscriptions are found in large numbers.


Gayomard Iranian Link

seems to have a mysterious Agni/ Sun ( word Marthanda) temple connection with ancient India.

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    It is clearly Kamadhenu but not sure whether Kamadhenu has wings or not.
    – The Destroyer
    Sep 27, 2016 at 5:42
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    Kamadhenu has no wiings.
    – Narasimham
    Sep 27, 2016 at 7:11
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    See this image.
    – The Destroyer
    Sep 27, 2016 at 8:07
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    Yes, it is also labelled/annotated.
    – Narasimham
    Sep 27, 2016 at 8:38
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    However, the artist cannot imagine it himself and put it before millions of people for daily view without some credible and detailed description from the Puranas .
    – Narasimham
    Sep 27, 2016 at 9:04

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Kamadhenu is also represented with wings. From Wikipedia:

Another representation of Kamadhenu shows her with the body of a white Zebu cow, crowned woman's head, colourful eagle wings and a peacock's tail. According to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this form is influenced by the iconography of the Islamic Buraq, who is portrayed with a horse's body, wings, and a woman's face. Contemporary poster art also portrays Kamadhenu in this form.

Image from Philadelphia Museum of Art

Kamadhenu with a calf

Even Wikipedia profile image for Kamadhenu has wings :

Kamadhenu sculpture at  the Batu Caves, Malaysia

Sculpture of Kamadhenu at the Batu Caves, Malaysia

It might not be the traditional way of representing Kamadhenu but it still belongs to her.

From The Destroyer's comment about full The Hindu logo meaning:

Hindu newspaper logo from the question

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    I think Kamadhenu at Shiva linga is also showing another mythological event. Dec 18, 2019 at 3:15

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