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| Last Updated:: 24/08/2023












Scientific name


Equus caballus Linn


Common name















Throughout India                        


Religious association















The chariot of Lord Surya is pulled by seven horses. Hence, he is sometimes referred to as Saptashva (Lord of Seven Horses). Lord Kubera, the Hindu God of Wealth, sometimes uses a horse as his vehicle.















Hayagriva, horse-headed deity is considered an incarnation of Vishnu.
















The incarnation of Kalki, the tenth and final avatara of Lord Vishnu (which is yet to manifest) is generally depicted riding a white horse.















The Buddha is also represented by the horse which represents his royal birth. The emblem of the third Jain Tirthankara Sambhavanatha is the horse.








Source: “Sacred Animals Of India” by  Nanditha Krishna,  (Penguin Book India, 2010)