Aquatic mount of deities,
Hindu love symbol.
A symbol of fertility and water (the source of all life), the Makara is a marvellous creature in Hindu mythology understood to be an aquatic hybrid. Said to have a fish's body and the head of either a dolphin, a crocodile or an elephant, the Makara serves as the mount of such gods as Ganga (divine personification of the River Ganges) and Varuna (highly-powerful and prominent deity of Sky, Waters, the Celestial Ocean, the Underworld and Law) acting as their vahana (symbolic associative animal). All-in-all, the creature acts as a powerful emblem in Asian religion adorning Hindu sites and occasionally appearing in Buddhist imagery. As far as fertility icons go, an inspirational elephant with a fishy tail is unique and has a certain appeal; as does the idea that the love-dispensing deities of India ride the waves on the back of the marvellous aqueous entity. Here's to the Makara, the majestic manifestation of life, water and love in Hindu folklore.