The Clay Horses of Ayyanar

Deepak Juyal Noida It is an amazing place to take a picture. It showcases the rich culture and heritage of Ayyanar. Most people talk about the structure, but for me, the exteriors were simply gorgeous.

Among the pantheon of gods and goddesses of Indian mythology, there is a blue skinned equestrian ‘God’, often mistaken for the well-loved and universally popular deity, Krishna. A closer glance at the facial hair and the cobra around his neck however, suggested he might be Shiva: the destroyer. But the ‘vehicle’ is not the mighty Nandi bull. Ask the locals and they will tell you that he is actually Karuppu Sami – ‘the black deity’ and chief associate of the village guardian, Ayyanar.

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