I have been told that Yali is a fierce animal of ancient times. I have seen this in temple sculptures:

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It is beyond doubt that this animal is extinct now, but my questions are as below.

  1. Which Hindu scriptures mention this creature Yali?
  2. What are the its characteristics?
  3. Who controls it?

EDIT: Another fascinating point is that this animal seems to be sculptured only in dravidian (in Tamil Nadu) style temples and not others.

  • It seems similar to the Sharabha, which I discuss here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/7506/36 Aug 11 '15 at 3:54
  • Is it just me or is there any coincidence between Sharabha and Sharabheswara who is quite often considered as an equivalent of Sri Nrisimha (by few school of thought)?
    – Narayanan
    Aug 11 '15 at 7:16
  • It's not just a random coincidence. Shiva took an incarnation as a Sharabha to fight Narasimha (because Sharabhas are the natural predators of lions). And then Narasimha created a two-headed bird beast called Ghandaberunda; see my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/2479/36 Aug 11 '15 at 7:38
  • @Keshav - In the food chain Ghandabherunda is devorer of Sarabhas. There is this food chain sculpted in a temple in Karnataka, where Ghandabherunda consumes Sarabha.
    – user808
    Aug 11 '15 at 8:05
  • @Krishna I'm not sure whether there were actually wild Ghandaberundas roaming about, or whether it was a special creature created by Vishnu. Aug 11 '15 at 14:13

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