Lord Malayappa Swamy seated gracefully as “Yoga Narasimha” took a pleasure ride on the mighty Simha Vahanam on the third day of the ongoing nine day Navarathri Brahmotsavams in Tirumala. Simha- the Lion is a symbol of royalty and power. Lord assumed the form of half man and half lion in his Narasimha Avathara. Lord Sri Krishna says in Bhagavath Geetha that He is the Lion among the animals.The incarnation of Lord Vishnu as the Mrugendrudu (most ferocious and strong among the animals-Lion) is an indication of Lord Venkateswara as a powerful entity born to punish the erring anti-social elements on the universe and devoted for protection of the righteous, poor and the weaker sections in the society.
On the evening of the third day of the ongoing Navaratri Brahmotsavams, Lord Venkateswara went on a ride on the pearl studded palanquin along with His consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi. The 26th chapter of Padmapuranam refers to an umbrella made of pearls giving shade to Lord Vishnu.The palanquin decorated with a canopy of pearls which is said to be a symbol of purity and royalty. The shining white pearls on the vahanams which glitter in the bright focused lights of the four mada streets during the procession present a delightful and celestial experience to devotees.
The following are the photos taken during the Utsavam:
Courtesy: Sri Ramakrishna Deekshitulu Archakam