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Lord Narasimha

Lord Narasimha  is a popular deity  but only a few temples are dedicated to Him  as in this avatar, the Lord is seen in a terrible form. The demon king  Hiranyakashipu  secured a boon from Lord Brahma that he should not be killed by devas, human beings or animals or beasts;  by weapons of any kind; during daytime  or night; inside or outside a dwelling place. His son, Prahlad was an ardent devotee of the Lord and declares before the  demon that “Lord Vishnu is everywhere!”  “Then show me in this pillar.” Says the father and hits hard at the pillar. From there emerges the Lord Narasimha, half-man  and half-lion. It was evening-neither day nor night. He caught hold of the powerful demon and sat at the threshold placing on his thighs; neither on the sky nor on the earth-neither inside nor outside and slayed with bare but very sharp nails-without any weapons. We have stated this in a minute, here but the Lord did not kill him in a minute and according to the mythological accounts it took 1000 years for the Lord to kill the demon. Many of the temples celebrate Narasimha jayanti on the 14th day of Vaishaka in the Sukla Paksha.  

Are you afraid of me?

Even after slaying Hiranyakashipu, it is stated that the Lord’s anger did not subside. So Lord Brahma appealed to Mother Lakshmi to pacify Lord Narasimha. But she did not dare to go near Him. Then Lord Brahma asked Prahlad, the ardent devotee, who with folded hands went close and prayed. Beholding His Bhakta, the Lord’s anger cooled down. Brightly smiling he drew Prahlad closer, made him sit on His lap and asked, “Prahlad dear, are you really afraid of seeing me in this form?” This is how God blessed a devotee even though he was a little child. 

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