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Statue of Bhairava depicting his vahana, Shvan (dog)

Shvan, a Sanskrit word meaning a dog, finds repeated references in Vedic and later Hindu mythologies, and such references include the following:

  • Yudhishthira, one of the Pandavas, insisted that he be allowed to enter Svarga (the Heaven) with the Shvan.Which had followed him from their advent to swarga where in Yudisthira lost all his brother and wife,only Shavana followed him when the devadhootha came infront of Yudishtara too take him to svarga Heaven the dog transformed itself into Yama.
  • Khandoba, a deity, is associated with a dog on which he rides.
  • Dattatreya is associated with four dogs, considered to symbolize the four Vedas.