Dawon

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Durga riding on Dawon. They cooperated with each other in confronting Mahishasura.

Dawon,[1] a sacred tiger (sometimes drawn as a lion). In later myths, it was offered by gods to serve goddess Durga or Parvati as mount for rewarding her victory. As Durga fought with ten weapons wielded on her arms, Dawon supported its mistress and attacked the foes with its claws and fangs. Also the threatening tiger represented power from the wars its mistress had won over all enemies.

Dawon in traditional and ancient Bengali culture and Indian culture has often been represented in the Ghatokbahini (Bengali: ঘটকবাহিনী সিংহ) also known as Ghatokbahini Singha form, that is half lion and half tiger.

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