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Kumbhodara – The Lion Associated with Shiva

Kumbhodara is a lion associated with Shiva and it is believed to climb on Nandi, the divine bull, Shiva keeps his foot on the lion. The lion has a large belly and thus he got the name Kumbhodara. Symbolically, setting
foot on the lion represents conquest of hunger.

The potbelly represents greed for food. By conquering hunger, one controls anger and other impulses.

Kumbhodara is also the name of a Gana.