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Narasimha
Incarnation of Vishnu as "man-lion." An ancient carving of Narasimha with Hiranyakashipu on his lap.
Incarnation of Vishnu as "man-lion."
An ancient carving of Narasimha with Hiranyakashipu on his lap.
Devanagari नरसिंह
Affiliation Avatar of Vishnu
Weapon Chakra and Mace
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Narasimha (IAST Narasiṃha, Sanskrit नरसिंह) (other spellings are Narasingh, Narasinga) is an avatara of Vishnu described in the Puranas, Upanishads and other ancient religious texts of Hinduism,[1] and one of Hinduism's most popular deities, as evidenced in early epics, iconography, and temple and festival worship for over a millennium.[2] He is often visualized as one who takes the form of half-man/half-lion, having a human-like torso and a lower body, but with a lion-like face and claws.[3] This image is widely worshiped in deity form by a significant number of Vaishnava groups (especially in the South India) and is primarily known as the 'Great Protector', being a form of Vishnu or Krishna who specifically defends and protects his devotees at the times of need. [4] This article is about the concept in Hindu philosophy. ... For other meanings, see Vishnu (disambiguation). ... Sikhs with chakrams, inscribed Nihang Abchal Nagar (Nihangs from Hazur Sahib), 1844 The chakram (DevanāgarÄ«: चक्रम) is a throwing weapon that was used by the ancient Indians; it is a flat metal disc with a sharp outer edge from 5 to 12 inches (13−30 cm) in diameter. ... A development of the club, a mace consists of a strong, heavy wooden, metal-reinforced, or metal shaft, with a head made of stone, copper, bronze, iron or steel. ... IAST, or International Alphabet of Sanskrit Transliteration is the academic standard for writing the Sanskrit language with the Latin alphabet and very similar to National Library at Calcutta romanization standard being used with many Indic scripts. ... Sanskrit ( , for short ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. ... See Avatar (disambiguation) for other meanings. ... For other meanings, see Vishnu (disambiguation). ... The Puranas are part of Hindu Smriti; these religious scriptures discuss devotion and mythology. ... The Upanishads (Devanagari: उपिनषद्, IAST: ) are regarded as part of the Vedas and as such form part of the Hindu scriptures. ... Hinduism is a religious tradition[1] that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... Trinomial name Panthera leo persica Meyer, 1826 Synonyms Leo leo goojratensis (India) Leo leo persicus (Persia) The Asiatic Lion (Panthera leo persica) is a subspecies of lion. ... See also: List of deities Look up deity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Vaishnavism is the branch of Hinduism in which Vishnu or one of his avatars (i. ... The geographical south of India includes all Indian territory below the 20th parallel. ... This article is about the Hindu deity. ...

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Scriptural sources

References to Narasimha are found in a wide variety of the Puranic scriptures, with seventeen versions of the main narrative[5], some in more detail than others. The Bhagavata Purana (Canto 7), Agni Purana (4.2-3), Brahmanda Purana (2.5.3-29), Vayu Purana (67.61-66), Harivamsa (41 & 3.41-47), Brahma Purana (213.44-79), Vishnudharmottara Purana (1.54), Kurma Purana (1.15.18-72), Matsya Purana (161-163), Padma Purana (Uttara-khanda 5.42), Shiva Purana (2.5.43 & 3.10-12), Linga Purana (1.95-96), Skanda Purana 7 (2.18.60-130) and Vishnu Purana (1.16-20) all contain depictions of the Narasimha pastime. There is also a short reference in the Mahabharata (3.272.56-60) and a Tapani Upanishad (Narasimha tapani Upanisad), earliest of Vaishnava Upanishads named in reference to him. The Bhagavata Purana (sometimes rendered as Bhagavatha Purana), also known as the Srimad Bhagavatam, written c. ... Agni Purana, one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text believed to be written and compiled in the 10th century, contains descriptions and details of various incarnations (avatars) of Vishnu. ... Brahmanda Purana, one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text , is considered the last of the Puranas, and it once contained Aadhyatma Ramayana. ... The Vayu Purana is a Shaiva Purana, dedicated to Vayu (the wind), containing some 24,000 shlokas. ... The Harivamsha (also Harivamsa; Sanskrit the lineage of Hari (Vishnu)) is an important work of Sanskrit literature, containing 16,375 verses. ... Brahma Purana, one of the major eighteen Puranas, is a Hindu religious text. ... Kurma Purana, one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text. ... It’s the sixteenth Purana. ... Padma Purana (Devanagari: पद्म पुराण), one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text, is divided into five parts. ... The Shiva Purana has twenty-four thousand shlokas. ... Linga Purana, one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text, is divided into two parts. ... Skanda Purana, one of the major eighteen Puranas, a Hindu religious text believed to be written and compiled over a long period, from 6th century to 15th century, is the largest Purana, and is devoted mainly to the life and deed of Kartikeya (also called Skanda), a son of Shiva... The Vishnu Purana is one of the oldest of the Puranas (dating to maybe the 5th century), containing some 23,000 shlokas, presented as a dialogue between Parasara with his disciple Maitreya. ... For the film by Peter Brook, see The Mahabharata (1989 film). ...


References from Vedas

One phrase of the Rig Veda appears to indicate an epithet that can be rightly attributed to the form of Vishnu as Narasimha it clearly calls the qualities of Vishnu that are seen only in this avatara as "like some wild beast, dread, prowling, mountain-roaming" (RV.I 154.2a). There is a reference or an allusion to knowledge of Namuci story in RV.VIII 14.13: "With waters' foam you tore off, Indra, the head of Nanuci, subduing all contending hosts." This short reference is believed to have culminated in the full puranic story of this highly popular Narasimha form. [2] See Avatar (disambiguation) for other meanings. ...


Narasimha and Prahlada

Narasimha kills Hiranyakashipu, as Prahlada and his mother bow before Lord Narasimha
Narasimha kills Hiranyakashipu, as Prahlada and his mother bow before Lord Narasimha

The story of Narasimha as described in the Bhagavata Purana is as follows: In Hinduism, Hiranyakashipu (or Hiranyakasipu) was a demon whose younger brother, Hiranyaksha was killed by Varaha, one of the avatars of Vishnu. ... In Hinduism, Prahlada was a son of Hiranyakashipu, a Daitya who hated the devas, and most especially, Lord Vishnu, the followers of whom he began to torment. ... The Bhagavata Purana (sometimes rendered as Bhagavatha Purana), also known as the Srimad Bhagavatam, written c. ...


In his previous avatar of (Varaha), Vishnu killed a rakshasa known as Hiranyaksha. Hiranyaksha's brother Hiranyakashipu, greatly angered by this, started to abhor Lord Vishnu and his followers. To which end he decides to attempt to kill Vishnu by gaining mystical powers, which he believes Brahma, the chief among the devas will award him if he undergoes many years of great austerity and penance. This initially seems to work as planned with Brahma becoming pleased by Hiranyakashipu's austerities.[6] Brahma thus appears before Hiranyakashipu and offers him a boon that he will personally make true anything he wishes for. In reply to which Hiranyakashipu requests the following: Varaha is the third avatar of Vishnu, a boar sent to defeat Hiranyaksha, a demon who had taken the Earth (prthivi) and carried it to the bottom of what is described as the cosmic ocean in the story. ... This article is about the demon in Hindu mythology. ... In Hinduism, Hiranyaksha was a demon killed by Varaha after taking the Earth to the bottom of the ocean. ... In Hinduism, Hiranyakashipu (or Hiranyakasipu) was a demon whose younger brother, Hiranyaksha was killed by Varaha, one of the avatars of Vishnu. ... Mysticism (ancient Greek mysticon = secret) is meditation, prayer, or theology focused on the direct experience of union with divinity, God, or Ultimate Reality, or the belief that such experience is a genuine and important source of knowledge. ... This article is about the Hindu god of creation. ... For other uses, see Deva (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Penance (disambiguation). ...

O my lord, O best of the givers of benediction, if you will kindly grant me the benediction I desire, please let me not meet death from any of the living entities created by you. Grant me that I not die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky. Grant me that my death not be brought about by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal. Grant me that I not meet death from any entity, living or nonliving. Grant me, further, that I not be killed by any demigod or demon or by any great snake from the lower planets. Since no one can kill you in the battlefield, you have no competitor. Therefore, grant me the benediction that I too may have no rival. Give me sole lordship over all the living entities and presiding deities, and give me all the glories obtained by that position. Furthermore, give me all the mystic powers attained by long austerities and the practice of yoga, for these cannot be lost at any time.[7]

One day while Hiranyakashipu was performing austerities at Mandaracala Mountain, his home was attacked by Indra and the other devas[8], seizing the opportunity in his absence. At this point the divine sage, Narada intervened in order to protect Kayadu, who he describes as 'sinless'. [9] Following this event Narada takes Kayadu into his care and while under the guidance of Narada, her unborn child (Hiranyakashipu's son) Prahlada, became affected by the transcendental instructions of the sage even at such a young stage of development. Thus, Prahlada when later growing as a child began to show symptoms of this earlier training by Narada, gradually becoming recognised as a devoted follower of Vishnu, much to his father's disappointment.[10] For other uses, see Indra (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Deva (disambiguation). ... A rishi (Sanskrit ऋषि: ) is a Hindu saint or sage and in its most strict canonical sense denotes a Vedic sage to whom Vedic hymns were originally revealed. // A Rishi is a person who can hold and transmit knowledge in the form of Light. ... Narada (Sanskrit: नारद, nārada) is the Hindu divine sage, who is an enduring chanter of the names Hari and Narayana which other names for Vishnu, considered to be the supreme God by Vaishnavites and many other Hindus. ... In Hinduism, Prahlada was a son of Hiranyakashipu, a Daitya who hated the devas, and most especially, Lord Vishnu, the followers of whom he began to torment. ...


Hiranyakashipu eventually becomes so angry and upset at his son's devotion to Vishnu (who he sees as his mortal enemy) that he decides he must kill him[11] but each time he attempts to kill the boy, Prahlada is protected by Vishnu's mystical power. When asked, Prahlada refuses to acknowledge his father as the supreme lord of the universe and claims that Vishnu is all-pervading and omnipresent. To which Hiranyakashipu points to a nearby pillar and asks if 'his Vishnu' is in it: Omnipresence is defined, in a general sense, as: the ability to be present in every place at the same time; unbounded or universal presence. ...

"O most unfortunate Prahlada, you have always described a supreme being other than me, a supreme being who is above everything, who is the controller of everyone, and who is all-pervading. But where is He? If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar?"[12]

Narasimha claws Hiranyakasipu at Banteay Srei in Cambodia.
Narasimha claws Hiranyakasipu at Banteay Srei in Cambodia.

Prahlada then answers, He was, He is and He will be. In an alternate version of the story, Prahlada answers He is in pillars, and he is in the smallest twig. Hiranyakashipu, unable to control his anger, smashes the pillar with his mace, and then following a tumultuous sound, Vishnu in the form of Narasimha appears from it and in defence of Prahlada moves to attack his father. In order to kill Hiranyakashipu and not upset the boon given by Brahma, the form of Narasimha was chosen. Hiranyakashipu could not be killed by human, deva or animal, Narasimha is neither one of these, as he is a form of Vishnu incarnate as a part-human, part-animal. He comes upon Hiranyakashipu at twilight (when it is neither day nor night) on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out), and puts the demon on his thighs (neither earth nor space). Using his sharp nails (neither animate nor inanimate) as weapons, he disembowels and kills the demon.[13] Kurma Purana describes the preceding battle between the Purusha and demoniac forces in which he escapes powerful weapon called, pashupata and it describes how Prahlads brothers headed by Anuhrada and thousands of other demons "were led to the valley of death (yamalayam) by the lion produced from the body of man-lion" avatara.[2] The same episode occurs in the Matshya Purana 179, several chapters after its version of the Narasimha advent.[2] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1506 × 1129 pixel, file size: 769 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took this picture myself. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1506 × 1129 pixel, file size: 769 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took this picture myself. ... Banteay Srei (or Banteay Srey) is one of the most unusual temples of Angkor, Cambodia. ... This article is about the Hindu god of creation. ... Animate Ikebukuro main store Animate (株式会社アニメイト) is the retailing arm of MOVIC and is the largest retailer of anime, games, and manga in Japan. ... Look up animate, inanimate in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In Hinduism, Purusha (Sanskrit man, Cosmic Man, in Sutra literature also called man) is the self which pervades the universe. ...


Even after killing Hiranyakashipu none of the present demigods were able to calm Narasimha's fury, not even Shiva. So all the gods and goddesses called his consort, the goddess Lakshmi, but she was also unable to do so. Then, at the request of Brahma, Prahlada was presented to Narasimha, and finally, he was calmed by the prayers of his devotee.[14] Before parting, Narasimha rewards the wise Prahlada by crowning him king.[2] For other uses, see Shiva (disambiguation). ...


Based on this story, it is believed by followers that Narasimha protects his sincere devotees when they are in extreme danger. He saved Adi Sankara from being sacrificed to the goddess Kali by a Kapalika. Thus Adi Sankara composed Laksmi-Nrsimha stotra.[15] Sri Adi Sankara Adi Shankaracharya or Adi Shankara (the first Shankara in his lineage), reverentially called Bhagavatpada Acharya (the teacher at the feet of Lord), Shankara (approximately 509- 477 BC (though some claim 788-820 CE)) was the most famous Advaita philosopher who had a profound influence on the growth... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Lakshmi is also an actress in South Indian films. ...


Mode of worship

Narasimha deity being offered a flower (puja) during a flood in Mayapur.

Due to the nature of Narasimha's form (divine anger), it is considered essential that worship is given with a very high level of attention compared to other deities. In many temples only life-long celibates (brahmacarya) will be able to have the chance to serve as priests to perform the daily puja. Forms where Narasimha appears sitting in a yogic posture, or with the goddess Lakshmi are the exception to this rule, as Narasimha is taken as being more relaxed in both of these instances compared to his form when first emerging from the pillar to protect Prahlada. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (832x578, 142 KB) Narasimha being offered a flower (puja) during a flood in Mayapur. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (832x578, 142 KB) Narasimha being offered a flower (puja) during a flood in Mayapur. ... A puja as performed in Ujjain during the Monsoon on the banks of the overflowing river Shipra. ... The Ganges river at Mayapur Mayapur (Bengali: মায়াপুর) is located on the banks of the Ganges river near Navadvip, West Bengal, India, 130 km north of Kolkata (Calcutta). ... Brahmacharya is a Sanskrit word. ... A puja as performed in Ujjain during the Monsoon on the banks of the overflowing river Shipra. ... For other uses such as Yoga postures, see Yoga (disambiguation) Statue of Shiva performing Yogic meditation Yoga (Sanskrit: योग Yog, IPA: ) is a group of ancient spiritual practices designed for the purpose of cultivating a steady mind. ... For other uses, see Lakshmi (disambiguation). ...


Prayers

A number of prayers have been written in dedication to Narasimha avatar. These include:

The Nirsimha Maha-Mantra

Om Ugram, Viram, Maha-Vishnu,
Jwalantam, Sarvato Mukam,
Nirshimham, Bhishanam, Bhadram,
Mrityor-Mrityur namam yaham.
"O' Angry and brave Maha-Vishnu, your heat and fire permeate everywhere. O Lord Narasimha, you are everywhere. You are the death of death and I surrender to You."
ito nrsimhah parato nrsimho,
yato yato yami tato nrsimhah,
bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho,
nrsimham adim saranam prapadye

"Lord Nrsimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Narasimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Narasimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge." (Narasimha Pranama)[16]

Narasimha deity in Bhaktapur Darbar, Nepal
Narasimha deity in Bhaktapur Darbar, Nepal
tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-srngam,
dalita-hiranyakasipu-tanu-bhrngam,
kesava dhrta-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisa hare

"O Kesava! O Lord of the universe. O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one's fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasplike demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on your beautiful lotus hands." (from the Dasavatara-stotra composed by Jayadeva)[17] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1611x2531, 546 KB) I took the photo myself in Bhaktapur Darbar Square I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1611x2531, 546 KB) I took the photo myself in Bhaktapur Darbar Square I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Jayadeva is considered one of the greatest Sanskrit poets of all times. ...

Tvayi Rakshathi Rakshakai: Kim Anyai:,
Tvayi Cha Arakshati Rakshakai: Kim Anyai:,
Ithi Nischita Dhee: Srayaami Nityam,
Nruhareh: Vegavathee Tataasrayam Tvam!

"O kamasikha Narasimha! you are sarva sakthan. When you are resolved to protect some one, where is the need to seek the protection of anyone else? When you are resolved not to protect some one, which other person is capable of protecting us?. There is no one. Knowing this fundamental truth, I have resolved to offer my saranagati at your lotus feet alone that rest at the banks of Vegavathi river." (Kamasika Ashtakam by Vedanta Desika) Saranagati (Sanskrit for surrender), in the devotional school of Hindu denominations known as Vaishnavism, is the process of total surrender to God (in this case Vishnu or Krishna). ... Swamy Vedanta Desika, Sri Vaishnava Philosopher Vedanta Desika (1269 – 1370) is the second great name in Vaishnavism. ...

Aadi Aadi Agam Karandhu,
Isai Paadi Paadi Kanner Malgi,
Engum Naadi Naadi Narasinga Endru,
Vaadi Vaadum Il Vaazh Noothale!

"I will dance and melt for you, within my heart, to see you, I will sing in praise of you with tears in joy, I will search for Narasimha and I am a householder who still searches to reach you(to attain Salvation)." (Divya Prabandha) The Nalayira Divya Prabandha (or Nalayira(4000) Divya Prabhandham) is a collection of 4,000 verses (Naalayira in Tamil means four thousand) composed before 8th century AD,[1] by the 12 Alvars, and was compiled in its present form by Nathamuni during the 9th – 10th centuries. ...


Symbolism

  • Narasimha indicates God's omnipresence and the lesson is that God is everywhere. For more information, see Vaishnava Theology.
  • Prahlada's devotion indicates that pure devotion is not one of birthright but of character. Prahlada, although born an asura, demonstrated greatest bhakti to God.

Vaishnava Theology is the theological discourse concerning the Hindu deity Vishnu and/or one of His avatar. ... // In Hinduism In Hindu mythology, the Asura (Sanskrit: असुर) are a group of power-seeking deities, sometimes misleadingly referred to as demons. ... Bhakti (Devanāgarī: भक्ति) is a word of Sanskrit origin meaning devotion and also the path of devotion itself, as in Bhakti-Yoga. ...

Significance

Killing Hiranykashyapu by incarnating as Narasimha is one of Vishnu's major exploits. In Indian tradition of festivity this episode is related with Holi[18], India's one of four most important festivals and hence the legend has a nation-wide popularity. In South Indian art - sculptures, bronzes and paintings, Vishnu's incarnation as Narasimha is one of the most chosen themes and amongst Avatars perhaps next only to Rama and Krishna in popularity. For the Indian film of the same name, see Holi (film). ... This article is about the concept in Hindu philosophy. ... This article is about the incarnation of Vishnu. ... This article is about the Hindu deity. ...


Holi

One of Hiranyakashipu's attempts to kill Prahlada was to have him sit on a burning pyre with his sister Holika. Holika had a special gift that prevented her from being harmed by fire. Prahlada chanted Vishnu's name and in the battle of good against evil, Holika was burnt down but nothing happened to Prahlad. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi festival in Hinduism[19]. An Ubud cremation ceremony in 2005. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For the Indian film of the same name, see Holi (film). ...


Places of pilgrimage

A representation of Sri Narasimha in Kadiri. Andhra Pradesh.
A representation of Sri Narasimha in Kadiri. Andhra Pradesh.

The main places of pilgrimage associated with Narasimha are those places where the events described above are reputed to have taken place. These are:

  1. Ahobilam, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh
  2. Antarvedi, Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh
  3. Aagiripalli, Near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  4. Chintalvadi
  5. Devarayana Durga
  6. Dharmapuri, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh
  7. Ghatikachala (Known today as Sholingur, derived from Chola singa oor)
  8. Hemachalam, (Mallooru), Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
  9. Jala Nrusimha, Bidar, Karnataka
  10. Kadiri, Ananthapur District, Andhra Pradesh
  11. Kambhadri Nrusimha,Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
  12. Korukonda, Near Rajamundry, Andhra Pradesh
  13. Mangalagiri, Near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  14. Malakonda, Near Ongole, Andhra Pradesh
  15. Mattapalli, Near Miryalaguda, Andhra Pradesh
  16. MelkotePandavapura ,Karnataka
  17. Multan, Pakistan
  18. Namakkal
  19. Narasimha Konda, Penusila, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
  20. Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh
  21. Simhachalam, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  22. Singarayakonda, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh
  23. Savana Durga
  24. Saligrama, Udupi Dist.
  25. Yadagirigutta, Near Bhongir, Andhra Pradesh
  26. Gudha, Rajasthan
  27. Kole Narasimha Pur Islampur Dist, sangli Maharashtra
  28. Parikkal, Tamil Nadu
  29. Nira Narsingpur, Taluka-Indapur, District-Pune, Maharashtra
  30. Pokharni, District-Parbhanit, Maharashtra.
  31. Vedadri, Near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  32. Vadapally, Near Miryalaguda, Nalgonda Distt, Andhra Pradesh
  33. Vethapuram, Near Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  34. Sri Laxmi Narasimha Temple, 1420 Sadashiv Peth, Pune, India
  35. Shri Laxmi Narashimha Mandir, At Po Ranjani, Tal-Ambegaon, Distri Pune,near Manchar

The first eight are located in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Namakkal, Ghatikachala and Chintalvadi are located in the state of Tamil Nadu and Devarayana Durga, Savana Durga, Melukote, Saligrama are in Karnataka. A monolithic statue of Narasimha at Vijayanagara. ... located close to the Bay of Bengal and near Vasistha River, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. ... // Geography Devarayana Durga is a fortified hill, about nine miles east of Tumkur town, situated in the midst of picteresque scenery. ... , Karimnagar is a city and a Municipal Corporation in Karimnagar district is in the northern Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh state of India. ... Gatikachala is the a hill near the town of Sholingur in Vellore district of Tamil nadu state in India. ... , Bidar (Kannada ಬೀದರ್)is a city and taluka in Karnataka state, India. ... Headline text KADIRI A small town in Anantapur District. ... , Khammam is a town in the Khammam District of Indias Andhra Pradesh state. ... Korukonda is a Village and Panchayat in the Vizianagaram district in Andhra Pradesh, South India. ... Mangalagiri is a town in India. ... Melkote (spelled Melu-kote) in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya District, Karnataka, is one of the sacred places in Karnataka. ... Multan shown on a 1669 world map   (Urdu: ملتان) is a city in the Punjab Province of Pakistan and capital of Multan District. ... , Namakkal (Tamil: நாமக்கல்) is a city and a municipality in Namakkal district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. ... Narasimha Konda is a hill near the town of Jonnawada in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh state in India. ... For the district with the same name, see Nellore district. ... Narsinghpur or Narsimhapur is a town in Madhya Pradesh state of central India. ... , Madhya Pradesh (abbreviated as MP)   (HindÄ«: मध्य प्रदेश, English: , IPA: ), often called the Heart of India, is a state in central India. ... Simhachalam temple is an Hindu temple located in Andhra Pradesh, a south Indian state. ... Singarayakonda is a census town in Prakasam district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Saligrama is small town in Udupi district of Karnataka state in India. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Andhra redirects here. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... This article is about the Indian region. ...


Temples dedicated to Narasimha

  • Ahobilam or Ahobalam is a major center of pilgrimage in South India, located in the Nandyal Taluka of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, India. According to local legend, this is where Lord Narasimha blessed Prahlada and killed the demon Hiranyakashipa. It is an important place of worship for Vaishnavas and is one of the 108 Divya Desams.
Yoga Narasimha form at a temple in Vijayanagara, Hampi, India
Yoga Narasimha form at a temple in Vijayanagara, Hampi, India
There are nine main Narasimha deities, collectively known as Navanarasimha:
  1. Ugra Narasimha
  2. Krodha Narasimha
  3. Malola Narasimha
  4. Jwala Narasimha
  5. Varaha Narasimha
  6. Bhargava Narasimha
  7. Karanja Narasimha
  8. Yoga Narasimha
  9. Lakshmi Narasimha
  10. Chhatravata Narasimha/Pavana Narasimha/Pamuleti Narasimha
There is also a further deity at the village of Saligrama near Hassan in Karnataka.
  • Yoga Narasimha Swamy, in Dharmapuri, Karimnagar District, Andhra Pradesh. It is said that at Dharmapuri, Narasimha Deva meditated in Yogamudra, after his Ugrarupa.
  • Kadiri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Kadiri, Anantapur Dist, Andhra Pradesh. [1]
  • Parthasarathy Kovil Azhagiya Singar at Tiruvellikeni, Chennai.
  • Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple - Lord NarasimhaMurthy is one of the main deities in the Temple.
  • Sri Yoga Narasimha, situated on a hilltop fortress at Melkote, Mysore District, Karnataka (Kannada for Mele-top, Kote-fort). The Fort, situated on a near vertical hill is a strategic area, overlooking the plains. Melkote is also the site of the famous Cheluvanarayana Temple and the Annual Vairamudi festival, where the deity is adorned with a crown of dazzling uncut diamonds.
  • Shri Yogananda Narasimha Swamy, Vedadri, near to Vijayawada
  • Shri Panakala Narasimha Swamy, Managalgiri, Near Vijayawada
  • Shri Shobhanaachala Vyaghra Narasimha Swamy, Aagiripalli, Near Vijayawada
  • Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Antarvedi, West Godavari District, AP
  • Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Yadagiri Gutta, Nalgonda District, AP
  • Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Mallooru, Warangal District (~70KM from Bhadrachalam), AP
  • Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Mattapalli(confluence of Krishna and Musi),(15km from)Huzurnagar taluq, Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh (Bus reach from Miryalaguda/Kodada)
  • Shri Shodasha Bahu Narasimha Swamy, Karpara Kshetra (Koppara village), Raichur Dt., KA
  • Shri Lord Lakshmi-Narasimha Swamy temple, Korukonda, near to Rajahmundry
  • Shri Narasimha temple, Malakonda, Prakasham District, AP
  • Shri Prasanna Narasimha Swamy temple, Singarakonda, Prakasham district, AP
  • Shri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Khammam, Khammam District, AP. The etymology of Khammam is said to be derived from the deity of the temple.
  • Shri Narasimha temple, Parikkal, Tamil Nadu
  • Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple Sholinghur, Tamil Nadu. More information on Sholinghur temple.
  • Narsinghji Temple at Gudha , Rajasthan
  • Sri Yoganarasimha devalaya, Mysore-Karnataka
  • Sri Yoga Narasimha Kovil at Chintalavadi, Tamil Nadu
  • Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy,Malleswaram, Bangalore. [2]
  • Sri Laxmi Narasimha Temple, 1420 Sadashiv Peth, Pune, India
  • Sri Kaattu Azhagiya Singar, Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli
  • Shri Laxmi Narsimha Temple in Ranjani, Tal Ambegaon, District Pune Near Manchar
  • Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple,Hatyal, C N Halli (Tq) Tumkur(dist), Karnataka
  • Sri Edappurathu Lakshmi Narasimha Moorthi Temple,Puthuruthy,Kerala-680623,India.

This temple is one the famous Narasimha moorthi Temples in kerala A monolithic statue of Narasimha at Vijayanagara. ... 108 is the natural number following 107 and preceding 109. ... Srivaishnava shrines that were sung about by Azhvars (divine saints) are called divya desams. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 285 KB)A statue of the Narasimha at Hampi Source : self -taken File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 285 KB)A statue of the Narasimha at Hampi Source : self -taken File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Vijayanagara (Kannada: ವಿಜಯನಗರ, English: ) is in Bellary District, northern Karnataka. ... Hassan may refer to: People with the given name Hassan: Hassan (given name) Other:From the Arabic word Hassanah- means good, Glad tidings Hassan, India, a city Hassan District, India Hassan, a play by James Elroy Flecker Hasan, an alternate spelling Hassane, the traditionally dominant warrior tribes of Mauritania and... Headline text KADIRI A small town in Anantapur District. ... Parthasarathy Temple and its pond Parthasarathy Kovil is a temple located in the Triplicane (Tiruvallikeni) district of Chennai in southeast India. ... Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, (Malayalam: ശ്രീ പത്മനാഭ സ്വാമി ക്ഷേത്രം) is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located inside the East Fort in city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. ... , Vijayawada ( ) (విజయవాడ) literally translates to The Place of Victory. It is also known as Bezawada. ... Map showing West Godavari district West Godavari (పశ్చిమ గోదావరి) is a district in Andhra Pradesh in India. ... Andhra redirects here. ... Nalgonda District is a district in Andhra Pradesh. ... Andhra redirects here. ... Andhra redirects here. ... This article is about the Indian region. ... Get the information of Kakinada at http://www. ... Sholinghur is a town and a panchayat union under Walajah Taluk in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, India. ... Srirangam (Tamil: ஸ்ரீரங்கம்), also known as Thiruvarangam, is an island town in the district of Tiruchirapalli ( also known shortly as Trichy or Tiruchi) in South India. ... , Tiruchirappalli (Tamil : திருச்சிராப்பள்ளி)   also spelled Tiruchirapalli, commonly known as Tiruchi or Trichy (Tamil : திருச்சி) formerly also pronounced as Trichinopoly (under British rule) is the fourth largest city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu (after Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai). ...

  • Shri Narsingh Mandir, Hasampur,Between Kotputli & neem ka thana,Rajasthan

See also

Simhachalam temple is an Hindu temple located in Andhra Pradesh, a south Indian state. ... In Hinduism, Prahlada was a son of Hiranyakashipu, a Daitya who hated the devas, and most especially, Lord Vishnu, the followers of whom he began to torment. ... The restored statue The Lion man is a lion-headed ivory sculpture which is one of the oldest known sculptures in the world (the oldest human-animal sculpture). ... Trinomial name Panthera leo persica Meyer, 1826 Current distribution of the Asiatic Lion in the wild Synonyms Leo leo goojratensis (India) Leo leo persicus (Persia) The Asiatic Lion (Panthera leo persica; also known as Indian Lion) is a subspecies of the lion found only in India. ... In Hinduism, Hiranyakashipu (or Hiranyakasipu) was a demon whose younger brother, Hiranyaksha was killed by Varaha, one of the avatars of Vishnu. ... Varaha is the third avatar of Vishnu, a boar sent to defeat Hiranyaksha, a demon who had taken the Earth (prthivi) and carried it to the bottom of what is described as the cosmic ocean in the story. ... This article is about a divine entity in Hinduism. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Ganges river at Mayapur Mayapur (Bengali: মায়াপুর) is located on the banks of the Ganges river near Navadvip, West Bengal, India, 130 km north of Kolkata (Calcutta). ... This article is about the concept in Hindu philosophy. ... A monolithic statue of Narasimha at Vijayanagara. ... Yoga Narasimha Temple is in Sholingur in Tamil Nadu. ... Simhachalam temple is an Hindu temple located in Andhra Pradesh, a south Indian state. ... Multan shown on a 1669 world map   (Urdu: ملتان) is a city in the Punjab Province of Pakistan and capital of Multan District. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ Bhag-P 1.3.18 "In the fourteenth incarnation, the Lord appeared as Nrisimha and bifurcated the strong body of the atheist Hiranyakasipu with His nails, just as a carpenter pierces cane."
  2. ^ a b c d e Soifer, Deborah A. (1991). The myths of Narasiṁha and Vāmana: two avatars in cosmological perspective. Albany, N.Y: State University of New York Press. ISBN 0-7914-0799-3. 
  3. ^ Bhag-P 7.8.19-22
  4. ^ Steven J. Rosen, Narasimha Avatar, The Half-Man/Half-Lion Incarnation, p5
  5. ^ Steven J. Rosen, Narasimha Avatar, The Half-Man/Half-Lion Incarnation, p1
  6. ^ Bhag-P 7.4.1 "Lord Brahma was very much satisfied by Hiranyakasipu's austerities, which were difficult to perform"
  7. ^ Bhag-P, Canto 7 7.3.35-38
  8. ^ Bhag-P 7.7.6 "The victorious demigods plundered the palace of Hiranyakasipu, the king of the demons, and destroyed everything within it. Then Indra, King of heaven, arrested Prahalad's mother and Hiranyakasipu's wife Kayadu, the Queen"
  9. ^ Bhag-P 7.7.8 "Narada Muni said: O Indra, King of the demigods, this woman is certainly sinless. You should not drag her off in this merciless way. This chaste woman is the wife of another. You must immediately release her."
  10. ^ Bhag-P 7.8.6
  11. ^ Bhag-P 7.8.3-4 "Thus he finally decided to kill his son Prahlada. Hiranyakasipu was by nature very cruel
  12. ^ Bhag-P 7.8.12
  13. ^ Bhag-P 7.8.29 "Lord Narasimhadeva placed the demon on his lap, supporting him with his thighs, and in the doorway of the assembly hall the lord very easily tore the demon to pieces with the nails of his hand."
  14. ^ Bhag-P 7.9
  15. ^ Sri Nakshmi Nrsimha Karavalamba stotra, by Adi Sankara Bhagawat Pada
  16. ^ Steven J. Rosen, Narasimha Avatar, The Half-Man/Half-Lion Incarnation
  17. ^ Steven J. Rosen, Narasimha Avatar, The Half-Man/Half-Lion Incarnation
  18. ^ indiasite.com "Ancient lore trace the roots of this festival to the story of Prahlad"
  19. ^ indiasite.com "ancient lore trace the roots of this festival to the story of Prahlad"

External links

This article is about the concept in Hindu philosophy. ... For other meanings, see Vishnu (disambiguation). ... Incarnation of Vishnu as a Fish, from a devotional text. ... A carving of the Kurma avatar on a pillar at the Vittala Temple, Hampi, India Kurma is also an alternative transliteration of korma. ... Varaha is the third avatar of Vishnu, a boar sent to defeat Hiranyaksha, a demon who had taken the Earth (prthivi) and carried it to the bottom of what is described as the cosmic ocean in the story. ... In Hinduism, Vamana is the fifth avatar of Vishnu, a dwarf. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Bhargava Rama (Discuss) Parashurama Bhargava (Sanskrit: परशुराम भार्गव) or Parasurama (Axe-wielding Rama) is the Sixth avatar of Vishnu, belongs to the Treta yuga, and is the son of Jamadagni & Renuka. ... This article is about the incarnation of Vishnu. ... This article is about the Hindu deity. ... Balarama, next to the river Yamuna. ... For other meanings, see Kalki (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links HinduSwastika. ...

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