Malayappa Swamy on Simha Vahanam – 15 September 2018. On the third day morning the Lord is taken out in a procession on Simha Vahanam. 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. Being a Simha, is the fourth avatar of Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as ‘Narasimha’ whom the puranas and legends speak involumes for his drive against ‘Dushta’(wrong doors) and protection of the weak, poor and the god fearing persons.
In the Yoga shastra – a Lion was seen as an embodiment of power and speed. The valor of Lord Venkateswara who had made such an animal as his vehicle is thus displayed in abundance. The statues of Lions in the Ananda Nilayam in the Srivari temple complex have displayed the affection of Lord Venkateswara for Lions.
TTD Chairman Sri P Sudhakar Yadav, EO Sri Anil Kumar Singhal, JEO Sri KS Sreenivasa Raju, TTD Board Member Smt Sudha Narayanamurthy, Addl CVSO Sri Sivakumar Reddy, VGO Sri Raveendra Reddy, Temple DyEO Sri Haridranath, Peishkars Sri Ramesh, Sri Nagaraj and others were also present.