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Who is this deity?

From: Jagannathan Venkatanathan (
Date: Sat Jun 03 2000 - 10:36:48 PDT

Dear Members:

In some Vaishnava temples, a vinayakar-like
deity is installed near temple entrance.
The deity has Vaishnava oordhva pundram on its forehead.

Would anyone please identify this deity and 
whether the deity is a Nithya-soori and
why it is installed etc?


J. Venkatanathan

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