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Vishnu’s Dashavatar: Narasimha Avatar Part 2

Namaste! Today, I come with the second part of Narasimha Avatar! If you haven’t yet, read the last part here. Without ado, let’s go!

When Hiranyakashyap returned, Kayadhu and Prahlada, their son, returned to him. Hiranyakashyap didn’t like Prahlada worshipping Vishnu, his sworn enemy, the killer of his brother. He tried to kill Prahlada many times but to no avail. He pushed him into the water tied to a heavy stone, but surprisingly, he floated back to the shore, chanting Lord Vishnu’s name. Hiranyakashyap’s men pushed him off a cliff, he fell, chanting ‘Om Namo Narayanaya.’ Prahlada landed safely on the ground.

Hiranyakashyap was furious, he summoned his sister, Holika to kill him. She had a magical cloth that remained unscathed in the fire. She wrapped the cloth around her, entering a pyre with Prahlada on her lap. Prahlada continued chanting the name of Lord Vishnu. Instead of Prahlada, Holika was burnt to ashes. This was the power of Prahlada’s faith, the name of Lord Vishnu.

Hiranyakashyap ordered Prahlada to worship him, he shook his head and said. ‘Father, you are a mortal. Lord Vishnu is everywhere, in you, in me, in this pillar here.’ Hiranyakashyap scoffed. ‘In this pillar? Let’s see if that coward Vishnu appears out of this and rescues you.’ He swung his mace at the pillar, smashing it to pieces. A man-lion appeared from the pillar, his nails ready to kill Hiranyakashyap. This was Lord Vishnu’s Narasimha Avatar!

Lord Narasimha

Tava kara Kamala vare Nakham adbhuta sringam

Dalita Hiranyakasipu tanu bhringam

Keshava dhrita Narahari rupa

Jaya Jagadisha hare

The sharp nails on your hands became wonderful claws that tore up the body of Hiranya Kasipu. O Keshava, of body Man-Lion, Hail Hari! Lord of the Universe!

Lord Narasimha carried Hiranyakashyap to the threshold of the palace, neither inside nor outside. It was twilight, neither day nor night. Narasimha placed him on his lap, neither ground nor the sky. Narasimha wasn’t Brahma’s creation. He tore his chest open with his nails, it wasn’t a weapon. Lord Narasimha killed the evil Hiranyakashyap, freeing the three worlds of his sins. He acted according to Lord Brahma’s boon, saving Prahlada from his father.

This is all for today! See you next time!

By DhyanKatha

Hi, I’m a 12-year-old homeschooler. I’m interested in Carnatic classical music. I’m fascinated by Indian epics and other untold stories.

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