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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yali or Vyala or Sphinx ... The Universal symbol ...seen everywhere in ancient world ...3800 YEARS OLD at UDAYAGIRI CAVES BHUBANESHWAR !!!

Saiva texts hold that the unpacified Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu was controlled and assimilated by Siva in the form of Sarabesvara (Sanskrit) or the Yaliappar (Tamil) . This can be taken as another proof that the yali is more powerful than a lion. However, Vaisnavas maintain that in response to Siva's transformation, Narasimha took on the form of Gundabherundanarasimha (Narasimha with 32 arms and a pair of wings) and subdued Siva.

Imagery of this can be seen in the Narasimha Sanathi in the Srirangam temple. Iconography can be seen in temples like Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple . However Vaisnavas differ from this version due to the subordinate position given to Vishnu.This form of Siva is considered to be one of the most powerful manifestations of the Lord.

Yali ([jaːɭi]), also known as Vyala or Sarabham or Vidala in Sanskrit, is a mythical creature seen in many Hindu temples, often sculpted onto the pillars. It is called as Leogryph in English.

Yali is a motif in Indian art and it has been widely used in south Indian sculpture.Descriptions of and references to yalis are very old, but they became prominent in south Indian sculpture in the 16th century. Yalis are believed to be more powerful than the lion/Tiger or the elephant.