On the morning of the 9th Day of the 2015 Arunachala Karthigai Deepam Festival, the Vahana of Lord Chandrasekhara, is that of Purusha Mrigu.
|Lord Chandrasekhara Alangaram|
|Ganesha Alangaram in Kalyana Mandapam|
|Taking darshan of the Lord on his Vahana, morning of the 9th Day|
|Crowds milling around Car Street on morning of 9th Day of Festival|
|Forefront Lord Ganesha on Mouse Vahanam and at back Lord Chandrasekhara on Purusha Mrigu Vahanam|
Purushamriga in Indian mythology, is a creature with a human head and a lion’s body. It is described as the Indian Sphinx. Statues are often found outside temples, where it serves to take away the sins of entrants to the temple and to ward off evil from the sacred grounds. It is Sanskrit for “human-beast”.
|Close-up of Purusha Mrigu on its way on Thiruvoodal Street|