The mythological story of Narasimha Avatar is an interesting one and has a similar Puranic story line. The Hindu God Vishnu took the avatar to put an end to chaos, calamity and religious persecution experienced by his devotees on earth caused by a demonic force and to establish Dharma which is essential for peaceful coexistence.
Narasimha, (Sanskrit: Naran means man; Simham means lion; “Man-Lion”) one of the 10 avatars (incarnations) of the Hindu god Vishnu, one of the Trinity Gods in the Hindu Pantheon. He is the preceptor and also protector of his true devotees. If occasion demands, he never fails to give them solace and guard them from troubles.
The underlying aspect of Narasimha is: He an iconic symbol of intensive resistance to unjust things, hope against odds, triumph of the good over persecution, and evil. He is the annihilator of any external evil, and also one's own enemies inside the "body - speech, and mind". He is an embodiment of everything that produces positive energy.
|Narasimha, Chennakesava temple. images.worthview.com|
|God Brhma giving boon to Hiranyakashipu. WordPress.com|
|Vishnu as Narasimha. Dolls of India|
|Vishnu as Narashimha killing the demon. en.wikipedia.org/|
Feeling secure, he began to trouble heaven and
|Hiranyakasihipu ready to kill his son. HariBhakt.com|
|Narasimha coming out of the pillar to kill the demon.emplefolks.com|
01. It is to be borne in mind that Vishnu is widely worshiped as Narasimha and there are countless Narasimha temples in Peninsular India.
02. Narasimha iconography is an interesting one and has been around for several centuries. The earliest known iconography of Narasimha is variously dated to between the 2nd and the 4th-century CE,
03. The image of Narasimha is always shown with a lion face, clawed fingers fused with a human body. In some images, he is emerging out of a pillar signifying that he is in everything and in everyone (both inanimate and animate things).
04. At a few temples such as at Ahobilam, Andhra Pradesh, the iconography is more elaborate, and includes nine other icons of Narasimha in various moods
|Lakshmi narasimhar |