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  • Indian Indian (culture)
  • Domestic Domestic (attribute)
  • Friendly Friendly (behaviour)

These were creatures from India that usually had the head of a lion with the tusks of an elephant. They have the body of a lion and the tails of serpents. They appear upon the pillars of Hindu temples and sometimes in art are seen on the backs of the Makara. They are said to be more powerful than the elephant and the lion. The Yali can have many variations. They can have the heads of lions, horses, dogs, and humans. The name Yali comes from the sanskrit ‘Vyala’ meaning ‘Fierce Warrior’. Various Yali types are Ashva-Vyala, Sinha-Vyala, Shvana-Vyala, Nir-Vyala.

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