The crocodile has the esoteric meaning of an animal of the sea of samsara. It symbolizes primal instincts and the equivalent fores.
It can also be seen in depictions of the swadhisthana chakra and is a symbol of the unconscious, which tries to draw consciousness into the sea of Samsara.
A similar animal is the Makara as vahana of Ganga and Varuna.
In the Gayandra Moksha Visnu liberates the leading white elephant Gayendra from the attacking crocodile and leads him to enlightenment.
== Egypt ==
In egypt mythology was Ammit (Ammut), a monster of the afterlife, a crocodile-faced, lion-bodied, hippo-footed creature that ate the hearts of the failed dead.
The god Sobek was depicted as a crocodile or a man with a head of a crocodile.
In some egypt creation myths Sobek came out of the waters of chaos to create the world.
The egypt Fayum had a cult of the higher Sobek-Re with a crocodile at his backside.
== Mayas ==
In the mythology of the mayas Chumu'uk Kab(Middle world) was a crocodile, on whose back the vegetation of the earth grew.