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What is the scripturally correct vAhana of Durga Ma? I have seen Her pictures astride on both the lion and tiger. Please clarify from Devi Bhagavatham. I am equally interested in knowing why tiger is also shown as a vahana of Goddess Durga if lion is what is the vahana per Devi Bhagavatham. So, kindly point out if she has two vahanas and if the vyaghra has ever been considered Her vehicle.

  • Devi mahatmya or Durga SaptasatI says lion as the vehicle of Devi. Devi Bhagavatam also says the same. @9bilvapatra – srimannarayana k v Nov 27 '19 at 2:37
  • @Sarvabhouma The OP is asking for clarification from Devi Bhagavatam. The link that you gave has an answer from the Devi Mahatmya of the Skanda Purana. Both are different sources. – user16581 Nov 27 '19 at 13:22
  • @LazyLubber Look at the question please. The same question is asked. It covers all the sources. – Sarvabhouma Nov 27 '19 at 13:28
  • @Sarvabhouma I think this question (and answer) is specific to the Devi Bhagavatam. If you disagree, fine. – user16581 Nov 27 '19 at 13:31
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    @LazyLubber That is somewhere else. People are supposed to check for duplicates before asking on Stack Exchange and users are supposed to close as duplicate if it's one. Please familiarize yourselves with closing questions as duplicate and also [asking questions]( hinduism.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic). "Please look around to see if your question has been asked before.". Then we can discuss further in chat. – Sarvabhouma Nov 27 '19 at 13:53
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From Devi Bhavagatam

Sudarśana, along with his newly wedded wife Śaśikalā, was proceeding to his preceptor's hermitage, when his enemies attack him. Sudarśana began to recite silently the excellent one word seed mantra of the King of Desires (Kāmarāja) and, out of its power, he and his wife remained in the chariot without any fear and sorrow.

Thus when the dreadful war began to grow more and more horrible, the Goddess Bhagavatī suddenly appeared there, mounted on Her lion.

So Lion is Devi's vehicle.

  • Why is she sometimes depicted as seated on a tiger? Don't get me wrong, I love tigers :) . – user16581 Nov 27 '19 at 13:05
  • @LazyLubber: May be tigers lovers depicted so :-) – srimannarayana k v Nov 27 '19 at 13:07
  • You are probably right. Durga worship is very popular in Bengal and tigers are also loved in Bengal (Bengal tiger!). – user16581 Nov 27 '19 at 13:29
  • @srimannarayanakv- All the Vaishno Devi pics have Goddess riding the tiger and Jai Mata Di written..so, is that a wrong depiction i mean iconographically..? I really don't know..tigers are sometimes symbols of animal instincts and Goddess controls it.. – 9bilvapatra Nov 30 '19 at 4:15
  • @srimannarayanakv- All the Vaishno Devi pics have Goddess riding the tiger and Jai Mata Di written..so, is that a wrong depiction i mean iconographically..? I really don't know..tigers are sometimes symbols of animal instincts and Goddess controls it.. – 9bilvapatra Nov 30 '19 at 4:15

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