On Lord Hayagriva
Sir This is with reference to an article on Lord Hayagriva (Friday Review, October 22).
Despite the mushrooming of temples to Sri Hayagriva in recent decades, only three idols of Lord Hayagriva are recognised as sanctified and traditional. The first, is the one presented to Sri Bashyakara (Ramanuja) by Goddess Saraswathi. It is the presiding deity of Sri Parakala Math, Mysore. The second is the idol in a yoga posture presented to Vedanta Desika by Garuda in Thiruvahindrapuram, which is in the Sanctum Sanctorum of Sri Devanatha swamy, Thiruvahindrapuram. The third idol is on the hill at Thiruvahindrapuram and Swamy Desikar has composed a Hayagriva stotram on Him. Neither the idol of Devanatha nor that of Hayagriva was moved to Chettipunyam. The idol said to have been brought from Thiruvahindrapuram is that of `Sara Narayana' of Thiruvahigai.
Sripadam T.R. Govindaraghavan,
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