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Narasimha, the man-lion form of Lord Vishnu is typically counted as the fourth avatar of Lord Vishnu's Dashavatara.

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What is the story of Sharaba?

I found most of our religious books speak about Lord Vishnu's avatars and there are much fewer books that I know of about Lord Shiva. If Lord Vishnu has 10 avatars then how many avatars do Lord Shiva ...
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What scriptures discuss Ghandaberunda, the bird beast created by Narasimha?

The coat of arms of the Indian state of Karnataka depicts a strange two-headed bird: This creature comes from certain versions of the story of Narasimha, the man-lion avataram (incarnation) of Vishnu. ...
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What scriptures mention chanting Runa Vimochana Narasimha Stotram relieves debts?

There is a belief that if anybody chants the Runa Vimochana Narasimha Stotram he can be relieved from his debts. Is that belief mentioned in any scriptures? EDIT: Here is the Stotram: ॥ श्रीनरसि...
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Timelines for 12 major battles between the Devas and Danavas

Many Puranas talk about 12 major battles between the Danavas and Devas. As per Brahmanda Purana (3rd Canto, Ch 72), they are as follows: Lord Narasimha fighting the Danavas Lord Vamana binding the ...
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Third eye of Lord Narasimha

The Narasimhar sannidhi in Srirangam temple has Narasimha moorthy with a third eye like Shiva. Is the third eye of Lord Narasimha mentioned in any scriptures like Puranas or Upanishads?
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What scriptures describe the story of Pancha Mukha Anjaneya (five-faced Hanuman)?

Pancha Mukha Anjaneya (five faced Hanuman) consisting faces of Hayagriva, Narasimha, Anjaneya, Garuda and Varaha is found in few south Indian temples. Is there any Puranic or scriptural evidence that ...
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Why do images of Sudarshana have Yoga Narasimha on the other side?

I'm currently visiting India, and in the Vishnu temple in my native village of Poondi, I saw a shrine dedicated to Chakrathalwar. For those who don't know, that is the Sri Vaishnava name for ...
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Why did Vishnu take on an avatar that was half human and half lion?

To kill Hiranyakashyipu, why did Lord Vishnu take on an avatar that was half human and half lion? He could have just come straight in his original form and killed that Daanav. Is there any specific ...
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After lives of Lord Narasimha and Lord Varaha

Lord Narasimha and Lord Varaha are incarnations of Lord Vishnu but unlike other incarnations eg, Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Nara-Narayana, Lord Vamana, etc, I do not see them to be having a full life ...
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What is the story of Narasimha being born in the ocean?

Yesterday was Narasimha Jayanti, so I thought I'd post a question I've had about Narasimha's birth. Most people only know the story of how he emerged from a pillar in Ahobilam in order to save ...
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What scriptures describe Narasimha turning into a mountain after killing Hiranyakashipu?

The most famous tenple for Vishnu's man-lion incarnation Narasimha, whom I discuss here, is Ahobilam, the place in Andhra Pradesh where Narasimha killed the demon Hiranyakashipu. But there's another ...
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Why is Lord Vishnu's Avatar 'Narasimha' more popular in south Indian region?

Why is Lord Vishnu's avatar 'Narasimha' more popular in South Indian region? I've seen in many movies and even when I went to south cities, they name their shops and business on the name Narasimha? ...
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Does Holi celebration have a link to the Narasimha avatar?

In this question the reason for celebrating Holi was asked but the answer given is based on wikipedia which also says: The Holika bonfire and Holi signifies the celebration of the symbolic victory ...
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What is the source of the different forms of Lord Narasimha?

Lord Narasimha appeared to kill Hiranyakasipu and the incident is mentioned in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Soon after this incident, Sri Vishnu went back to Vaikuntha. Why are there then different forms of ...
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Which scripture describes Lakshmi pacifying Narsimha?

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 ...
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Is there any mention of the Mahamrityunjay Mantra in the Puranas?

The Mahamrityunjay Mantra is a famous verse found in the Rig Veda which glorifies a "three-eyed deity". According to Shaivites, the mantra refers to Lord Shiva whereas Vaishnavas believe it to be ...
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Are Simhadri Appanna & Narasimha swamy same?

Are Simhadri Appanna & Narasimha same gods or different? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narasimha
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Presence of therianthropes, chimera and other mythical creatures in Hinduism

What is the significance of therianthropes in Hinduism? It's a repeating theme common to all shamanistic religions. Can Narasimha the half man half lion avatar and makara be two examples of ...
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What is the correct procedure to chant Narasimha 32 letters maha mantra?

The correct Narasimha maha mantra with 32 letters is: उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखं । नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहं ।। Please note that a screenshot from Nrisimha Tapani ...
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What is the story of Narasimha in the Varadaraja Perumal temple?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just saw the Varadaraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram.  As I discuss in this question this is the site of a Yagna performed by Brahma which Saraswati tried ...
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What is the name of consort for Narasimha avatar?

Do Narasimha avatar of Vishnu has any wife? If yes, what is the name of the wife of Narasimha?
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Is Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Mangalagiri one of the eight sacred places of Lord Vishnu in India?

Wikipedia of Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Mangalagiri says it is one of the eight sacred places of Lord Vishnu in India. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is a vaishnavite temple and one of the eight sacred ...
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When Narasimha swamy incarnated? on Trayodashi or Chaturdasi day?

When Narasimha swamy incarnated? on Trayodashi or Chaturdasi day? Someone says Chaturdasi and some says different. which is the correct one?
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How many forms of Lord Narasimha are present?

It is mentioned that there are multiple forms of Lord Narasimha which are worshipped by specific groups of individuals, for instance: Ugra Narasimha:Never to be worshipped in a household directly. ...
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What is and where is story of Ahobila Nava Narasimhas found?

There are 9 deities of Narasimha in Ahobilam. What is the story of each Narasimha and name of each deity? Is Ahobila kshetra described in any puranas?
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Who is the headless god in this picture?

I recently came across this picture of Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha being worshiped by various Devas: Most of these Devas are recognizable. Starting from the top left and going counterclockwise, I ...
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Does Narasimha Avatara occur in Vishnu Purana?

I read in Google groups that it doesn't. Can anyone with access to Vishnu Purana verify this?
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What is the meaning of the name 'Malolan'?

The god in the Ahobila temple is called 'Malolan'. Can someone with the knowledge of Sanskrit enlighten me on what the word means?
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ShoDaSa bAhu NrsiMhASTkam

I am looking for Sanskrit text for Shodasha baahu narasimhashtakam. Which is composed by Vijayendra Teertha of Madhwa line.
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Mantra Rajapada Stotram

Lord Siva penned this stotram on Lord Narasimha and said that if this is recited in the morning, afternoon and evening with devotion they will attain peace, blissful and healthy life.In total there ...
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Can anybody tell me more about Gandabherunda?

Gandabherunda was a form of Narasimha. I want to learn more about him, can't find any info on the internet apart from Wikipedia.
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Was the Ivory image of Lion-human found in Germany indicating Narasimha?

From Wikipedia article of Lion-man or The Löwenmensch figurine: The Löwenmensch figurine or Lion-man of the Hohlenstein-Stadel is a prehistoric ivory sculpture discovered in the Hohlenstein-Stadel, a ...
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Mattapalli Lakshmi Narasimha

Mattapalli is a place in Vijayawada in Andhra. There is a Lakshmi Narasimha temple in which the God is with his consort Rajyalakshmi. The krishnaveni river is so sacred. Gods Krishna, Shiva and King ...
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Narasimha mantra मृत्युमृत्युं translation

Transaction request of this Narasimha mantra, especially the highlighted part: उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखम्। नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहम् ॥ here, I have some text showing ...
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Favourite colour of Vishnu

I am planning to buy a Rose plant, I would love to know Maha Vishnu's favourite colour (Probably Krishna's and Narasimha's, as they are my ishta and kula devas), I would love to buy the rose colour ...
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Are there mantras specifically for Yoga Narasimha?

I am looking for dhyana mantras (or any mantra for that matter) of Lord Yoga Narasimha which may describe his posture or his calm nature etc.. Yoga Narasimha is the form of Narasimha in which he can ...
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How did YogaNarasimha come into being

Am interested to learn about Lord Yoga Narasimha. When this sankalpa came into picture? Was it happened after killing of hiranyakashipu? and why this "Avastha" appear in front of us? and any relation ...
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Can anyone please provide me the procedure for Narasimha Puja, in English? (Not Lakshmi Narasimha)

Can anyone tell me Narasimha Puja Vidhi for Narasimha Jayanti?
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Mangalagiri Panakala (Panagam) Narasimha's miracle

A small town near Vijayawada named Mangalagiri. On the top of the hill Lord Narasimha in sitting posture blesses all. His mouth is wide open. Panakam(Panagam) is made of jaggery mixed with water with ...
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Is there any simple Lakshmi-Narasimha mantra for daily recitation?

I have been doing Sri Lakshmi Narayanai Namah for a while. I am looking for a similar simple mantra for Lakshmi-Narasimha. All I get in the internet are big, complicated ones which I am not ...
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How did Prahlada survive demoniac tortures?

The demons [Rākṣasas], the servants of Hiraṇyakaśipu, thus began striking the tender parts of Prahlāda Mahārāja’s body with their tridents. The demons all had fearful faces, sharp teeth and ...
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Difference between old and new temple of Yadagiri gutta

I recently visited Yadagiri gutta sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple with my parents and siblings. While going back I came to know that we don't visit the old temple. I did search on the wiki about ...
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Narashimha as "Yoga Narashimha"

I have seen many Divya Desams (Divya Desam or Vaishnava Divya Desam is one of the 108 Vishnu and Lakshmi temples that is mentioned in the works of the Alvars) where lord Narashimha is mainly in Dhyana(...
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Did Narasimha exist only for one and a half Muhurtas?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhurta In the Brāhmaṇas, muhūrta denotes a division of time: 1/30 of a day, or a period of 48 minutes. In this discourse in Tamil, the speaker Dushyanth Sridhar says ...
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Eyes of the Gods

I saw this image of Sri Narasimha statue : Why His eyes are depicted in that way?
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Is Narasimha versus Hiranyakashipu divine retribution versus human rage?

Would be appropriate to ask as today is Narasimha Jayanti. Can we look at Hiranyakashipu as our (Human) rage and Narasimha as a god who can help us to get rid of this aspect of our ego.
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Is there any connection between Lakshmi-Narsimha and Sri Chakra?

Is there any link between Lakshmi-Narsimha and Sri Chakra (Lalita Devi? Is there any relevant text or story that expands or clarifies this point? What made me think of this were these lines from this ...
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What do canonical scriptures say about the Narasimha-Sharabha-Pratyangira Devi-Ganda-Bherunda saga? [duplicate]

This multi-layered saga seems to have been an epic tussle between Vishnu and Siva partisan story tellers. This question is not a duplicate of the question What is the story of Sharaba? in answers to ...
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when is the first unequivocal reference to Narasimha, the avatara of Vishnu?

In the ultimate Vaishnavite purana, Vishnu-purana - Narasimha hardly exists. Hiranykashipu repents and Vishnu gives him boons. It is parenthetically mentioned that he was killed by Narasimha, but ...
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How long did Narasimha stay on earth?

The AI bot Bard says There are different stories about how long Narasimha stayed on Earth after killing Hiranyakashipu. Some stories say that he stayed for a few days, while others say that he stayed ...
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