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Purusha Mriga

Purusha Mriga are part of South Indian temple tradition. Purusha Mirugam are half human and half beasts. Images of men and women with the feet of a lion, tiger, or deer adorn the walls of many temples of Shiva and Vishnu in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Kerala.

It is believed that Puruha Mriga were devotees of Shiva.

Purushamriga serves as mounts, who carry the idols of gods and goddesses in grand procession during festivals.

According to a Tamil folk story, Yudhisthira need a purusha mriga to bless the Rajasuya ceremony. The ceremony would establish Indraprastha as a kingdom in its own right and ensure that the participating rulers accepted the sovereignty of Yudhishthira.

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