wall lizard and vishnu

Narayan S. Raja raja at IFA.HAWAII.EDU
Wed May 12 16:44:33 UTC 1999

On Wed, 12 May 1999, N. Ganesan wrote:

> Have seen a wall lizard sculpture very near the mUlabera
> of the Kanchipuram varadarAja(aruLALa) perumAL temple.
> In some other Vishnu temples too, in South East Asia
> also.
> Is there any temple legends connecting wall lizard (palli)
> with Vishnu? In Alvars? In Vaishnava works from Sanskrit?

Well... Vishnu is known as
"thiruvarangaththil palli kolbavan".    :-)  :-)

Sorry for the ridiculous joke.
Credit goes to Dr. J. Chandrasekhar
of I.I.Sc, Bangalore.



PS:  Translation of joke for non-Tamil speakers:

     "thiruvarangaththil palli kolbavan" ==
     he who kills lizards in Srirangam

     "thiruvarangaththil paLLik koLbavan" ==
     he who reclines in Srirangam == Vishnu

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