Lord Narsimha is one of the prominent Vishnu's incarnation. Vishnu is believed to have taken Narsimha avatar to destroy the demon king Hiranyakashipu, as described in Shrimad Bhagwat

Also, in the Wikipedia it is mentioned that after killing Hiraṇyakaśipu, none of the present demigods are able to calm Narasiṁha's wrath. After Hiraṇyakaśipu was killed, the Lord continued to be very angry, and the demigods, could not pacify Him.

So in order to pacify Lord Narsimha, all the gods and goddesses call his consort, Lakshmi, who assumes the form of Pratyangira and pacifies the Lord.

My Question is : Which scripture describe Lakshmi assuming form of Pratyangira, also called as Narasimhi, to pacify Vishnu?

Side Note: As per Shrimad Bhagvat, it is Prahlāda who came forward and pacified the Lord’s anger, and not Lakshmi.

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    There's basically four stories about how Narasimha's anger subsided: there is the Prahlada story you mentioned, there's the Sharabha/Gandhaberunda story I discuss here, there's the Pratyangira Devi story, and then there is the story of Chenchu Lakshmi, where Lakshmi incarnates as a tribal girl and Narasimha falls in love with her. But I don't know of any scriptural basis of either the Pratyangira Devi story or the Chenchu Lakshmi story. May 23, 2016 at 13:47
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    I think Pratyangira Devi's name is mentioned in some Shakta Agamas, in the course of listing various Shaktis. And I think the Shakta Agamas might even describe a procedure to worship her. But I don't know of any scripture that actually describes the story of Pratyangira Devi pacifying Narasimha. It may just be folklore. May 23, 2016 at 13:52
  • @KeshavSrinivasan According to Wiki, Prathyangira is also mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayana. Indrajit was performing "Nikumbala yaga" (a sacred ritual to worship Prathyangira) while Rama and his soldiers were waging war in Lanka. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratyangira#In_Hindu_Epics So after all Prathyangira seems to have some mention in scripture, but not sure if her pacifying Narsimha is mentioned anywhere. Hence, my Quesion May 23, 2016 at 13:58
  • @KeshavSrinivasan I was kind-of aware of 3 out of 4 stories except story of Chenchu Lakshmi. Where can I find this story? I know you mentioned it is not part of scripture, but where you heard it? May 23, 2016 at 14:07
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    Here is the chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana where Vibhishana tells Rama to kill Indrajit before he does the Yagna: valmikiramayan.net/utf8/yuddha/sarga84/yuddha_84_frame.htm Here is the chapter of the Uttara Kanda where Brahma grants Indrajit the boon of invincibility: ancientvoice.wikidot.com/src-vrm:ram7-35 And here's an earlier Uttara Kanda chapter describing the sorts of Yagnas Indrajit performed at Nikumbhila: ancientvoice.wikidot.com/src-vrm:ram7-30 So Pratyangira Devi isn't mentioned at all. Maybe she's mentioned in later versions of the Ramayana. May 23, 2016 at 15:31


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