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Makara is a Sanskrit word meaning “water monster” or “sea dragon.” In Hindu mythology, a makara is a sea creature who serves as a vehicle (vahana) for the Ganga; the river goddess; and the sea god, Varuna. Makaras are typically depicted as half mammal and half fish with an aquatic hind portion and a terrestrial head, such as that of an elephant. These creatures are the guardians of thresholds and entryways.

Makara is the name given to several yoga poses and a mudra.