Tirumala, 16 October 2015: Lord Malayappa Swamy seated gracefully as “Yoga Narasimha” took a pleasure ride on the mighty Simha Vahanam on the third day of the ongoing nine day Navarathri Brahmotsavams in Tirumala.

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.

Grandeur and colorful display by hundreds of artists marked the procession of ‘Simha Vahanam’ on Friday – the third day of the ongoing nine-day annua Navaratri Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala.

Meanwhile,the pilgrim crowd has picked up moderately as thousands turned out in the morning to witness the divine procession.The devotees are outpouring due to Dasara holidays and many are happy to witness the lords procession and also have quick darshan at Srivari Temple which is now running direct lines in view of new strategy initiated by the management under the leadership of EO Dr D Sambasiva Rao who is keen on implementing not to carry the back log of pilgrims the previous day.

Executive Officer Dr D Sambasiva Rao, Joint Executive Officer Sri K.S.Sreenivasa Raju,CV&SO Sri Nagendra Kumar, Board Members Sri Hariprasad, Sri G Bhanuprakash Reddy, Sri Ananta, ACVSO Sri Sivakumar Reddy, Dy EO Temple Sri Chinnamgari Ramana, Peishkar Sri R.Selvam and others were present.