Hayagreeva Swamy is believed to be another form of Lord Vishnu. Some even say that Hayagreeva Swamy is one among the ten forms (Dashavatharas) of Narayana (Vishnu). One speciality of Hayagreeva Swamy is that of his looks! He has a horse face with a human body.
The Deity of Hayagrive Swamy With Lakshmi
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Brahmatantra Swatantra Parakala Mutt (Math) is one of the sacred mutts for Srivaishnavas. Lord Sri Lakshmi Hayagreeva Swamy is the presiding deity of this shrine. The mutt was established by Sri Sri Sri Brahmatantra Swatantra Jiyar Swamy in the year 1378.
Brahmatantra Swatantra Parakala Mutt is headquartered in Mysore. It is said that the mutt has a strong connection with the Mysore Royal Family from 1399. Hence the mutt (matha) is built near to Mysore Palace.
Hayagreeva Swamy is worshipped as the god of knowledge and intelligence. Interestingly, some religious texts say that Goddess Saraswathi (Goddess of Knowledge) is said to worship Lord Hayagreeva Swamy. Hence, it is a custom in Srivaishnava tradition to visit Hayagreeva Swamy Temple before the kids are initiated into studies.
Parakala Mutt (Matha)
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In fact, Srirangam Temple is Tamil Nadu is famous for this custom. In Srirangam Temple, there is a shrine for Hayagreeva Swamy. Devotees come here to pray for their children's future and perform several poojas.
According to another mythological tale, Hayagreeva Swamy is seen as the destroyer of darkness. Hence he is believed to be constantly roaming around in the chariot with his consort Sri Lakshmi. So, he is revered as a great divine personality with immense powers.
Legend about Hayagreeva Swamy
Once upon a time, two demons named Madhu and Kaitaba steal the holy texts. Lord Brahma becomes very tensed because he will be busy creating the universe using these holy scriptures. So, Lord Vishnu takes another powerful form and cuts the demons into 12 pieces.
Idols of Hayagreeva Swamy and Lakshmi in Parakala Matha
Photo Courtesy: Venkatarangan T.N.C.
This new form of Vishnu is Hayagreeva Swamy. As per the myth, the 12 pieces of the demons still exist on this earth, and each piece indicates to tectonic (earthquake zones) on earth. Likewise, Hayagreeva Swamy is revered and worshipped in Parakala Mutt in Mysore.
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