Dawon is a sacred tigress (sometimes drawn as a lioness) which originated from Tibetan legend but was later adapted to Hindu mythology.
In the later myth, it was offered by gods to serve goddess Durga or Parvati as mount for rewarding her victory. As Durga fought with ten weapons wielded on her arms.
Dawon supported its master and attacked the foes with its claws and fangs. Also the threatening tiger repersented power over the wars she had won to all enemies.