The Clay Horses of Ayyanar

Among the pantheon of gods and goddesses of Indian mythology, there is a blue skinned equestrian ‘God’, often mistaken for the well-loved and universally popular deity, Krishna. A closer glance at the facial hair and the cobra around his neck however, suggested he might be Shiva: the destroyer. But the ‘vehicle’ is not the mighty Nandi bull. Ask the locals and they will tell you that he is actually Karuppu Sami – ‘the black deity’ and chief associate of the village guardian, Ayyanar.

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