|Lion or Tiger? Looks more like a Horse to me.|
Same Goddess. Same Demon. Same Festival. Different Mounts.
In Bengal, Durga rides a Lion. A ferocious creature who thinks nothing of sticking his sharp claws into the demon.
In Gujarat, she is astride a Tiger. An gentle animal who has learnt to pose gracefully for photographers.
The strangest thing is that the only lions found outside a zoo are in Gujarat, and Bengal is the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Wouldn't it have made more sense if Durga rode a lion in Gujarat and a tiger in Bengal?
I guess even Goddesses want what is more difficult to get.