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A portable image (mūrti) of a deity or saint, often of bronze, which has been ritually empowered to act as though it were the deity which is permanently installed in the garbhagṛha. It is paraded from the temple (or in its precincts) as the focus of a regular ritual or particular festival, thus enabling a large number of devotees to take darśana of it. Notable examples include Jagannātha and his siblings at Purī, and the portable bronzes of South Indian temples.

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