Monday, December 13, 2010

Third Day of Brahmotsavam

On the morning of the third day, the deities are carried on the Simhavahana.
Simha (lion) is a symbol of regality and power. According to the Bhagvad Gita, the Lord is the Simha among animals (mriganamcha mrigandroham). The Lord is also called Hari (which in turn means Simha) and Hari sits on Simha. In other words, we have the phenomenon of the Lord sitting on Himself.
It is also believed that the Lord assumed the form of Narasimha (half man and half lion) to kill the demon Hiranyakasipu. Therefore, Lord Venkateswara uses the Simha as his vehicle on the third day of Brahmotsavam.
In the night, Unjal Seva is conducted. The deities then ride in the Mutayalapandiri Vahana, which is decorated with a pearl canopy. Mutyam (pearl) is a symbol of purity and royalty.

The lord came as Narasimha and killed the demon Hiranyakashyapa, the father of the mighty devotee, Prahaladha. The form of a lion is very scary and invokes fear in the hearts of wrong doers. The lion comes to protect devotees like Bhakta Prahladha from evils of the society.

The Lord with his consorts sits in the Mutyala Pallaki, or the Pearl embellished ride. Here he is killing the demon Bakasura who is in the form of a bird.

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