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Goddess Sheravali

Goddess Sheravali is one of the numerous names of Durga. Mother Goddess is referred as Sheravali mostly in North India. Goddess Durga is known as Sheravali as her Vahana or vehicle is a lion. ‘Sher’ means lion.

Legend has it that Goddess Durga appeared mounted on a lion in the battle against demon Mahisha. She then defeats the buffalo-headed demon. In some rare images, the lion is depicted as attacking the demon.

One can see sculptures of lion on many temples dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Bhajans praising the Shervali form of Goddess Durga are very popular in North India