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As both Vishnu and Siva temples co-exist in Narsimhulapalle, the place is known as “Hari-Hara Kshethram”. The mention of this Kshethram is said to have been made in Scriptures – Brahma Purana, Brahma Vaivarthana Purana, Bhavishyothara Purana, Vishnu Purana, Siva Purana and Skanda Purana. As mentioned in the Bhavishyothara Purana, the place might have been ruled by Nanda Kings (424 BC), and consequently the place is known as Nandagiri.

Sage Sootha has explained the importance of this Kshethram to Shounaka and other Rishis. According to this, in the ancient times, mountains were having wings and they were traveling freely. Once while the Malaya Mountain was traveling from Kanya Kumari to Himalayas, its four wings fell on the earth. The places where these wings fell are known as Vedagiri, Mangalagiri, Yadagiri and Nandagiri respectively. At the request and prayer of the Malaya Mountain, Lord Vishnu blessed that all these four places will become the places of worship. Vedagiri is called as Vyasa Peetham. Yadagiri is the place where Sage Yaadarshi performed penance. Nandagiri is the place where sage Nanda performed his penance. It is also said that Aadi Sankaracharya visited this place and worshipped Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and (per Vedantha Deshika) said to have installed Alwars after worshipping the Lord.

VEDAS AND NRISIMHAVATHARA

References to Lord Narasimha are found in a wide variety of the Puranic scriptures, with seventeen versions of the main narrative, some in more detail than others. The Bhagavatha Purana, Agni Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Vayu Purana, Vishnu Purana, Hari Vamsha, Brahma Purana, Vishnu Dharmothara Purana, Koorma Purana, Matsya Purana, Padma Purana, Siva Purana, Ling Purana and Skanda Purana all contain depictions of the Narasimha pastime. There is also a short reference in the Mahabharata and an Upanishad (Narasimha Tapam Upanishad) named in reference to him.

Among the numerous Avataras (incarnations) of Lord Maha Vishnu, the Nrisimhaavathaara holds a significance in that it has an inexplicable relation to the Vedas. Describing the incarnations of Lord Maha Vishnu as innumerable, the Mahabharata describes 21 of His incarnations and of these the most popularly known are the Dashavatharas (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu).

Of these, the first four are Sadyojatha (spontaneously occurring all by himself) the last of the four is the Nrisimha Avatara, which is significant in that it is the only Avatara in which the Lord has manifested in a part-human, part-animal form. This Avatara lasted for a very short period.

Nrisimha Avathaara also signifies the Vibhuthis (* precious qualities) of the Almighty, viz., Omnipresence, Omnipotece and Omniscience. The Lord has taken this incarnation in the form” NA MRIGAM –NA MANUSHAM” to prove the word of his devotee, Prahlada that God resides in everything and everywhere .NARASIMHA is born out of conflict between the demon quality of Hiranya Kashipu and the divine quality of Prahalada at Sandhya Samaya (TWILIGHT)., i.e., generally considered as a time when it is neither night nor day. But it is the time when there is some day light associated with darkness of the night and this is the philosophy of Narasimha. Vyasa Maharshi explains that the World is full of Duality and represents PARAMAATHMA. But in the inner meaning, Paramathma is Nirvikara and not affected by anything. Maharshi Vyasa calls the Lord as “NARASIMHA” and at the same time tells that the Lord is neither Nara (Man) nor Simha (lion).The purpose and objective of the incarnation is to protect and save his sincere devotees.

Sathyam vidhaathum nijabhruthya bhaashitham
Vyaapthincha bhootheshwakhileshu chaathmanam
Adhrushyathaathyadbhutha roopamudvahan
Sthambhe sabhaayaam na mrugam na maanusham

To prove the veracity of the word of his devotee, to show that he is omnipresent, the Lord manifested from inanimate pillar in a never seen and never heard of wonderful form of Half Man and Half Lion.

Narsimha Tattvam is :
Aa Naabheer Brahmna Roopam
Aa Galath Vaishnavam Vapuh
Aa Sheershat Rudra Meeshana
Thodagre Sarvatha Sivam

Unlike other incarnations, Nrisimhavathara is the story of his devotee, viz., Prahlada. Surprisingly, Prahlada never pleaded with the Lord to save him from the physical torture faced by him. He just prayed to the Lord reciting His names and the Lord took form to destroy the demon king and bless Prahlada. Hiranya Kashipu represents the demon qualities in Man whereas Prahlada represents the Divine qualities in Men. Killing of Hiranya Kashipa means destroyal of demon qualities and protection of Prahlada represents development of divine qualities, which is the objective of Bhagavatha. In other words, the philosophy of Narasimhavathara is nothing but removal of demon qualities of Hiranya Kashipa from the Man and protects the Divine qualities
of Prahladaa!

Samsaara Saagara Nimajjana Muhyamaanam
Deenam vilokaya vibhokarunanidhee Maam
Prahlaada Bheda Parihaara Paraavathhara
Laxmi Nrisimha mama Dehi Karaavalambam.

Prahalada means one who bestows happiness and bliss. It also means Ananda Swaroopa and it is the main objective of Bhagavatha Purana to make the Man Ananda Swaroopa and therefore Narasimha is considered as main deity for Bhagavatha.by the elders and learned people.

Advent of Lord As Narasimha (Nrasimha Aavirbhavam)

Lord Narasimha incarnated himself on Hindu Lunar Calendar day, Vaishaka Shudda Chathurdasi and this day is celeberated as NRISIMHA JAYANTHI. It is said in the Nrisimha Puranam that Lord Narsimha himself to Prahlaada thus:

Vaishakha Shukla Pakshethu
Chathurdashyaam Samaa chareth
Majjanma SambhavamPunyam
Vratham Paapa Pranaashanam

Vyaso vetti Shuko vetti,
Raja Vetti Naa Nava
Sreedhara Sakalam Vetti,
Sri Nrisimha Prahladah

Nrsimha Jayanthi is celebrated considering Bhagavatha as the Prasada of the Lord. Narsimha is the combination of Brahma (Creater), Vishnu( Maintainer) and Rudra (Destroyer or annihilator)
Though, the lord took the form of Ugra (Ferocious form) Narsimha, he is still a Savior, in Abhaya Swaroopa.

Philosophy of Narasimhaavathara

Among the numerous avataras (incarnations) of Lord Mahavishnu, the Nrisimhaavathaara holds a significance in that it has an inexplicable relation to the Vedas. Describing the incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu as innumerable, the Mahabharata describes 21 of His incarnations and of these the most popularly known are the Dashavatharas (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu).

Of these, the first four are Sadyojatha (spontaneously occurring all by himself) the last of the four is the Nrisimha Avatara, which is significant in that it is the only Avatara in which the Lord has manifested in a part-human, part-animal form. This Avatara lasted for a very short period. Nrisimhaavathaara also signifies the Vibhuthis (* precious qualities) of the Almighty, viz., Omnipresence, Omnipotent and Omniscience. The Lord has taken this incarnation in the form” NA MRIGAM –NA MANUSHAM” to prove the word of his devotee, Prahlada that God resides in every thing and every where .NARASIMHA is born out of conflict between the demon quality of Hiranya Kashipa and the divine quality of Prahalada at Sandhya Samaya (TWILIGHT)., i.e., generally considered as a time when it is neither night nor day. But it is the time when there is some day light associated with darkness of the night and this is the philosophy of Narasimha. Vyasa Maharshi explains that the World is full of Duality and represents PARAMAATHMA.But in the inner meaning, Paramathma is Nirvikara and not affected by any thing. Maharshi Vyasa calls the Lord as “NARASIMHA” and at the same time tells that the Lord is neither Nara (Man) nor Simha (lion).The purpose and objective of the incarnation is to protect and save his sincere devotees.

Sathyam vidhaathum nijabhruthya bhaashitham
Vyaapthincha bhootheshwakhileshu chaathmanam
Adhrushyathaathyadbhutha roopamudvahan
Sthambhe sabhaayaam na mrugam na maanusham

Unlike other incarnations, Nrisimhavathara is the story of his devotee, viz., Prahlada. Surprisingly, Prahlada never pleaded with the Lord to save him from the physical torture faced by him. He just prayed to the Lord reciting His names and the Lord took form to destroy the demon king and bless Prahlada. Hiranya Kashipa represents the demon qualities in Man whereas Prahlada represents the Divine qualities in Men. Killing of Hiranya Kashipa means destroyal of demon qualities and protection of Prahlada represents development of divine qualities, which is the objective of Bhagavatha. In other words, the philosophy of Narasimhavathara is nothing but removal of demon qualities of Hiranya Kashipu from the Man and protects the Divine qualities of Prahladaa!

Samsaara Saagara Nimajjana Muhyamaanam
Deenam vilokaya vibhokarunanidhee Maam
Prahlaada Bheda Parihaara Paraavathhara )))
Laxmi Nrisimha mama Dehi Karaavalambam.

Prahalada means one who bestows happiness and bliss. It also means Ananda Swaroopa and it is the main objective of Bhagavatha Purana to make the Man Ananda Swaroopa and therefore Narasimha is considered as main deity for Bhagavatha.by the elders and learned people.

Advent of Lord As Narasimha (Nrasimha Aavirbhavam)

Lord Narasimha incarnated himself on Hindu Lunar Calendar day, Vaishaka Shudda Chathurdasi and this day is celeberated as NRISIMHA JAYANTHI. It is said in the Nrisimha Puranam that Lord Narsimha himself to Prahlaada thus:

Vaishakha Shukla Pakshethu
Chathurdashyaam Samaa chareth
Majjanma SambhavamPunyam
Vratham Paapa Pranaashanam

Though, the Lord took form in a furious form as Ugra Narasimha, he is still considered a savior, in Abhaya Swaroopa.

There is a story in which the Lord saved Aadi Sankaracharya from being sacrificed to Goddess Kali by a Kapalika. Aadi Sankara composed the Laxmi Narasimha Karaavalamba Stothra, seeking liberation from the family bondage.
The demon king Hiranyakashipa conquered the three worlds and dictated the Universe. Today man is also trying to conquer the Nature for fulfilling his desires. Whether it was Hiranya Kashipa of olden days or today’s man, both are greedy and selfish and want to fulfill their materialistic desires, but not for the welfare of the society. The demon king, Hiranya Kashipa and today’s man are not utilizing their intelligence and power for the welfare of the world (Jagath Kalyanam). That is why today’s man is deprived of peace, happiness as he is full of hatred, antipathy and discontentment. What is the reason> Are we in search of happiness or happiness in the guise of miseries. One has to think about it!

Instead of having ‘Need-based Culture’ today’s man has ‘Greed-based culture’, and this is responsible for his discontentment, unhappiness and lack of peace

People are surrounded in the web called “Maya Soukhya Bhavam” as described by Bhaktha Prahlada, and this has to be remembered by every one of us .Why the Lord, rejecting the intelligent brain of Man, has selected the less intelligent head of Narasimha> The lion is the king of animals. It has no greed. On the other hand, man has intelligence, but is not able to conquer his meanness. Looking from this angle, Narasimhavathara is relevant and a source of inspiration even today.

The worship of Narasimha Swamy is spread all over as could be seen from the existence of number of temples in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In these temples, we find the Lord in the form of idols made of stone, and in few places, carved on the pillars.

The construction and description of Narasimha idols intended for worship is laid down in the Puranas and Agama Sastras. The Puranas like Agni, Naarada, Vishnu, Dharmothara etc., and Samhithas like Sathvatha, Padma etc., and Roopa Ratnavali (Shilpa Sastra) have prescribed and described the various forms of Narasimha. Generally we find the idols of Narasimha in the following forms: presiding deity (Moola varulu), Utsava moorthi (idol taken in procession during temple festivals), upa sannidhulu, ((along side the presiding deity), images carved on pillars, images taken from the Lord’s Dashavatharas, and images shown separately.

Keerthi Mukha & Makara Thoranam

We find the head of a Lion in the middle of Makara Thoranas which adorns the Presiding Deity (Moola Virat).This lion head is that of Keerthi Mukha. A demon king called Keerthi Mukha, has asked a boon with Lord who came to kill him. The demon seeks a boon from the Lord that his head should get worship. Then the Lord gives a boon saying that all the puja (Worship) performed to him would reach the head of Keerthi Mukha, and consequently, the Lord has placed the head of Keerthi Mukha on the Makara Thoranas. This is one story.

Lion is a Killer. But the symbol of Surya (Sun) Flag is Lion which has a great amazing energy. In Puranas, the power of Parameshwara is compared with that of a Lion. In Narasimhavathara, the Lion head is considered as Paramathma and the body of human being is considered as Jeevathma. This is given by the Jagdguru Adi Sankaracharya in his Commentary on “Brahma Soothrams” In Kaalika Purana also it is said that Lion head in Narasimha represents Narayana amsha.

In the books of Lingayaths, it is said that after killing the demon king Hiranya Kashipa, the Lord was wandering with angry and fury. Then the Siva in the form of Sharabha and killed the Narasimha, and placed the Lion Head on Makara Thorana as a symbol of victory(Keerthi Mukha).This story is found in the book” Anubhava Shikhamani and Yedu Gathalu”

Lord Shiva assumed the form of a Sarabam, characterised by both an animal and human form with four hands, eight legs, two wings, a beak of that of a falcon and fierce flaming eyes, to mollify the angry Narasimha. The two wings were Kali and Durga. Shiva embraced Narasimha in a tight hold and cooled his temper by fanning his two wings till Narasimha gradually calmed down and assumed the yoga posture. Thus Narasimha became Yoga Narasimhar and Lord Shiva as Sarabam is wordshipped as Sarabeswarar

Just as water mixed with water, milk with milk and ghee with ghee,all merge into one; in the same manner Vishnu has emerged into Siva.

Mode of Worship

Due to the nature of Narasimha form (Divine Anger), it is considered essential that worship is given with highest attention compared to other deities. In many temples, only lifelong celibates (Aajanma Brahmacharis) will be able to have the chance to serve as priests to perform the daily puja. Forms where Narasimha appears in a Yogic posture, or with the goddess Laxmi are the exception to this rule, as Narasimha is taken as being more relaxed in both of these instances compared to his form when emerging from the pillar to protect Prahlada.

Symbolism

•Narasimha indicates God’s omnipresence and the lesson is that God is everywhere, as told by Prahlada to his father, Hiranyakashipa. The following Telugu verse of Bammera Pothana in Telugu Maha Bhagavatha tells the same in a simple language

Indugaladandhu Ledani Sandehamu
Valadu, Chakri Sarvopagathundendu
Vedaki Choochina Andande Galadu
Daanavagrani vinten!

• Prahlada’s devotion indicates that pure and sincere devotion is not one of birthright but of character. Prahlada although the son of a demon, demonstrated greatest bhakthi to God.

The Lord has bestowed Sadgati to Hiranyakashipa through devotion in the form of enmity (vaira bhakthi) and at the same time offered “vydeha mukti” to his devotee, Prahlada. Strange are the ways of the Lord!!

Philosophy of Narasimhaavathara

Among the numerous avataras (incarnations) of Lord Mahavishnu, the Nrisimhaavathaara holds a significance in that it has an inexplicable relation to the Vedas. Describing the incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu as innumerable, the Mahabharata describes 21 of His incarnations and of these the most popularly known are the Dashavatharas (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu).

Of these, the first four are Sadyojatha (spontaneously occurring all by himself) the last of the four is the Nrisimha Avatara, which is significant in that it is the only Avatara in which the Lord has manifested in a part-human, part-animal form. This Avatara lasted for a very short period. Nrisimhaavathaara also signifies the Vibhuthis (* precious qualities) of the Almighty, viz., Omnipresence, Omnipotent and Omniscience. The Lord has taken this incarnation in the form” NA MRIGAM –NA MANUSHAM” to prove the word of his devotee, Prahlada that God resides in every thing and every where .NARASIMHA is born out of conflict between the demon quality of Hiranya Kashipa and the divine quality of Prahalada at Sandhya Samaya (TWILIGHT)., i.e., generally considered as a time when it is neither night nor day. But it is the time when there is some day light associated with darkness of the night and this is the philosophy of Narasimha. Vyasa Maharshi explains that the World is full of Duality and represents PARAMAATHMA.But in the inner meaning, Paramathma is Nirvikara and not affected by any thing. Maharshi Vyasa calls the Lord as “NARASIMHA” and at the same time tells that the Lord is neither Nara (Man) nor Simha (lion).The purpose and objective of the incarnation is to protect and save his sincere devotees.

Sathyam vidhaathum nijabhruthya bhaashitham
Vyaapthincha bhootheshwakhileshu chaathmanam
Adhrushyathaathyadbhutha roopamudvahan
Sthambhe sabhaayaam na mrugam na maanusham

Unlike other incarnations, Nrisimhavathara is the story of his devotee, viz., Prahlada. Surprisingly, Prahlada never pleaded with the Lord to save him from the physical torture faced by him. He just prayed to the Lord reciting His names and the Lord took form to destroy the demon king and bless Prahlada. Hiranya Kashipa represents the demon qualities in Man whereas Prahlada represents the Divine qualities in Men. Killing of Hiranya Kashipa means destroyal of demon qualities and protection of Prahlada represents development of divine qualities, which is the objective of Bhagavatha. In other words, the philosophy of Narasimhavathara is nothing but removal of demon qualities of Hiranya Kashipu from the Man and protects the Divine qualities of Prahlad
Samsaara Saagara Nimajjana Muhyamaanam
Deenam vilokaya vibhokarunanidhee Maam
Prahlaada Bheda Parihaara Paraavathhara )))
Laxmi Nrisimha mama Dehi Karaavalambam.

Prahalada means one who bestows happiness and bliss. It also means Ananda Swaroopa and it is the main objective of Bhagavatha Purana to make the Man Ananda Swaroopa and therefore Narasimha is considered as main deity for Bhagavatha.by the elders and learned people.

Advent of Lord As Narasimha (Nrasimha Aavirbhavam)

Lord Narasimha incarnated himself on Hindu Lunar Calendar day, Vaishaka Shudda Chathurdasi and this day is celeberated as NRISIMHA JAYANTHI. It is said in the Nrisimha Puranam that Lord Narsimha himself to Prahlaada thus:

Vaishakha Shukla Pakshethu
Chathurdashyaam Samaa chareth
Majjanma SambhavamPunyam
Vratham Paapa Pranaashanam

Though, the Lord took form in a furious form as Ugra Narasimha, he is still considered a savior, in Abhaya Swaroopa

The worship of Narasimha Swamy is spread all over as could be seen from the existence of number of temples in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In these temples, we find the Lord in the form of idols made of stone, and in few places, carved on the pillars.

The construction and description of Narasimha idols intended for worship is laid down in the Puranas and Agama Sastras. The Puranas like Agni, Naarada, Vishnu, Dharmothara etc., and Samhithas like Sathvatha, Padma etc., and Roopa Ratnavali (Shilpa Sastra) have prescribed and described the various forms of Narasimha. Generally we find the idols of Narasimha in the following forms: presiding deity (Moola varulu), Utsava moorthi (idol taken in procession during temple festivals), upa sannidhulu, ((along side the presiding deity), images carved on pillars, images taken from the Lord’s Dashavatharas, and images shown separately.

Keerthi Mukha & Makara Thoranam

We find the head of a Lion in the middle of Makara Thoranas which adorns the Presiding Deity (Moola Virat).This lion head is that of Keerthi Mukha. A demon king called Keerthi Mukha, has asked a boon with Lord who came to kill him. The demon seeks a boon from the Lord that his head should get worship. Then the Lord gives a boon saying that all the puja (Worship) performed to him would reach the head of Keerthi Mukha, and consequently, the Lord has placed the head of Keerthi Mukha on the Makara Thoranas. This is one story.

Lion is a Killer. But the symbol of Surya (Sun) Flag is Lion which has a great amazing energy. In Puranas, the power of Parameshwara is compared with that of a Lion. In Narasimhavathara, the Lion head is considered as Paramathma and the body of human being is considered as Jeevathma. This is given by the Jagdguru Adi Sankaracharya in his Commentary on “Brahma Soothrams” In Kaalika Purana also it is said that Lion head in Narasimha represents Narayana amsha.

In the books of Lingayaths, it is said that after killing the demon king Hiranya Kashipa, the Lord was wandering with angry and fury. Then the Siva in the form of Sharabha and killed the Narasimha, and placed the Lion Head on Makara Thorana as a symbol of victory(Keerthi Mukha).This story is found in the book” Anubhava Shikhamani and Yedu Gathalu”

Lord Shiva assumed the form of a Sarabam, characterised by both an animal and human form with four hands, eight legs, two wings, a beak of that of a falcon and fierce flaming eyes, to mollify the angry Narasimha. The two wings were Kali and Durga. Shiva embraced Narasimha in a tight hold and cooled his temper by fanning his two wings till Narasimha gradually calmed down and assumed the yoga posture. Thus Narasimha became Yoga Narasimhar and Lord Shiva as Sarabam is wordshipped as Sarabeswarar

Just as water mixed with water, milk with milk and ghee with ghee,all merge into one; in the same manner Vishnu has emerged into Siva.

Mode of Worship

Due to the nature of Narasimha form (Divine Anger), it is considered essential that worship is given with highest attention compared to other deities. In many temples, only lifelong celibates (Aajanma Brahmacharis) will be able to have the chance to serve as priests to perform the daily puja. Forms where Narasimha appears in a Yogic posture, or with the goddess Laxmi are the exception to this rule, as Narasimha is taken as being more relaxed in both of these instances compared to his form when emerging from the pillar to protect Prahlada.

Symbolism

• Narasimha indicates God’s omnipresence and the lesson is that God is everywhere, as told by Prahlada to his father, Hiranyakashipa. The following Telugu verse of Bammera Pothana in Telugu Maha Bhagavatha tells the same in a simple language

Indugaladandhu Ledani Sandehamu
Valadu, Chakri Sarvopagathundendu
Vedaki Choochina Andande Galadu
Daanavagrani vinten!

• Prahlada’s devotion indicates that pure and sincere devotion is not one of birthright but of character. Prahlada although the son of a demon, demonstrated greatest bhakthi to God.

The Lord has bestowed Sadgati to Hiranyakashipa through devotion in the form of enmity (vaira bhakthi) and at the same time offered “vydeha mukti” to his devotee, Prahlada. Strange are the ways of the Lord!!

Philosophy of Narasimhaavathara

Among the numerous avataras (incarnations) of Lord Mahavishnu, the Nrisimhaavathaara holds a significance in that it has an inexplicable relation to the Vedas. Describing the incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu as innumerable, the Mahabharata describes 21 of His incarnations and of these the most popularly known are the Dashavatharas (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu).

Of these, the first four are Sadyojatha (spontaneously occurring all by himself) the last of the four is the Nrisimha Avatara, which is significant in that it is the only Avatara in which the Lord has manifested in a part-human, part-animal form. This Avatara lasted for a very short period. Nrisimhaavathaara also signifies the Vibhuthis (* precious qualities) of the Almighty, viz., Omnipresence, Omnipotent and Omniscience. The Lord has taken this incarnation in the form” NA MRIGAM –NA MANUSHAM” to prove the word of his devotee, Prahlada that God resides in every thing and every where .NARASIMHA is born out of conflict between the demon quality of Hiranya Kashipa and the divine quality of Prahalada at Sandhya Samaya (TWILIGHT)., i.e., generally considered as a time when it is neither night nor day. But it is the time when there is some day light associated with darkness of the night and this is the philosophy of Narasimha. Vyasa Maharshi explains that the World is full of Duality and represents PARAMAATHMA.But in the inner meaning, Paramathma is Nirvikara and not affected by any thing. Maharshi Vyasa calls the Lord as “NARASIMHA” and at the same time tells that the Lord is neither Nara (Man) nor Simha (lion).The purpose and objective of the incarnation is to protect and save his sincere devotees.

Sathyam vidhaathum nijabhruthya bhaashitham
Vyaapthincha bhootheshwakhileshu chaathmanam
Adhrushyathaathyadbhutha roopamudvahan
Sthambhe sabhaayaam na mrugam na maanusham

Unlike other incarnations, Nrisimhavathara is the story of his devotee, viz., Prahlada. Surprisingly, Prahlada never pleaded with the Lord to save him from the physical torture faced by him. He just prayed to the Lord reciting His names and the Lord took form to destroy the demon king and bless Prahlada. Hiranya Kashipa represents the demon qualities in Man whereas Prahlada represents the Divine qualities in Men. Killing of Hiranya Kashipa means destroyal of demon qualities and protection of Prahlada represents development of divine qualities, which is the objective of Bhagavatha. In other words, the philosophy of Narasimhavathara is nothing but removal of demon qualities of Hiranya Kashipu from the Man and protects the Divine qualities of Prahladaa!

Samsaara Saagara Nimajjana Muhyamaanam
Deenam vilokaya vibhokarunanidhee Maam
Prahlaada Bheda Parihaara Paraavathhara )))
Laxmi Nrisimha mama Dehi Karaavalambam.

Prahalada means one who bestows happiness and bliss. It also means Ananda Swaroopa and it is the main objective of Bhagavatha Purana to make the Man Ananda Swaroopa and therefore Narasimha is considered as main deity for Bhagavatha.by the elders and learned people.

Advent of Lord As Narasimha (Nrasimha Aavirbhavam)

Lord Narasimha incarnated himself on Hindu Lunar Calendar day, Vaishaka Shudda Chathurdasi and this day is celeberated as NRISIMHA JAYANTHI. It is said in the Nrisimha Puranam that Lord Narsimha himself to Prahlaada thus:

Vaishakha Shukla Pakshethu
Chathurdashyaam Samaa chareth
Majjanma SambhavamPunyam
Vratham Paapa Pranaashanam

Though, the Lord took form in a furious form as Ugra Narasimha, he is still considered a savior, in Abhaya Swaroopa.

There is a story in which the Lord saved Aadi Sankaracharya from being sacrificed to Goddess Kali by a Kapalika. Aadi Sankara composed the Laxmi Narasimha Karaavalamba Stothra, seeking liberation from the family bondage.
The demon king Hiranyakashipa conquered the three worlds and dictated the Universe. Today man is also trying to conquer the Nature for fulfilling his desires. Whether it was Hiranya Kashipa of olden days or today’s man, both are greedy and selfish and want to fulfill their materialistic desires, but not for the welfare of the society. The demon king, Hiranya Kashipa and today’s man are not utilizing their intelligence and power for the welfare of the world (Jagath Kalyanam). That is why today’s man is deprived of peace, happiness as he is full of hatred, antipathy and discontentment. What is the reason> Are we in search of happiness or happiness in the guise of miseries. One has to think about it!

Instead of having ‘Need-based Culture’ today’s man has ‘Greed-based culture’, and this is responsible for his discontentment, unhappiness and lack of peace

People are surrounded in the web called “Maya Soukhya Bhavam” as described by Bhaktha Prahlada, and this has to be remembered by every one of us .Why the Lord, rejecting the intelligent brain of Man, has selected the less intelligent head of Narasimha> The lion is the king of animals. It has no greed. On the other hand, man has intelligence, but is not able to conquer his meanness. Looking from this angle, Narasimhavathara is relevant and a source of inspiration even today.

The worship of Narasimha Swamy is spread all over as could be seen from the existence of number of temples in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In these temples, we find the Lord in the form of idols made of stone, and in few places, carved on the pillars.

The construction and description of Narasimha idols intended for worship is laid down in the Puranas and Agama Sastras. The Puranas like Agni, Naarada, Vishnu, Dharmothara etc., and Samhithas like Sathvatha, Padma etc., and Roopa Ratnavali (Shilpa Sastra) have prescribed and described the various forms of Narasimha. Generally we find the idols of Narasimha in the following forms: presiding deity (Moola varulu), Utsava moorthi (idol taken in procession during temple festivals), upa sannidhulu, ((along side the presiding deity), images carved on pillars, images taken from the Lord’s Dashavatharas, and images shown separately.

Keerthi Mukha & Makara Thoranam

We find the head of a Lion in the middle of Makara Thoranas which adorns the Presiding Deity (Moola Virat).This lion head is that of Keerthi Mukha. A demon king called Keerthi Mukha, has asked a boon with Lord who came to kill him. The demon seeks a boon from the Lord that his head should get worship. Then the Lord gives a boon saying that all the puja (Worship) performed to him would reach the head of Keerthi Mukha, and consequently, the Lord has placed the head of Keerthi Mukha on the Makara Thoranas. This is one story.

Lion is a Killer. But the symbol of Surya (Sun) Flag is Lion which has a great amazing energy. In Puranas, the power of Parameshwara is compared with that of a Lion. In Narasimhavathara, the Lion head is considered as Paramathma and the body of human being is considered as Jeevathma. This is given by the Jagdguru Adi Sankaracharya in his Commentary on “Brahma Soothrams” In Kaalika Purana also it is said that Lion head in Narasimha represents Narayana amsha.

In the books of Lingayaths, it is said that after killing the demon king Hiranya Kashipa, the Lord was wandering with angry and fury. Then the Siva in the form of Sharabha and killed the Narasimha, and placed the Lion Head on Makara Thorana as a symbol of victory(Keerthi Mukha).This story is found in the book” Anubhava Shikhamani and Yedu Gathalu”

Lord Shiva assumed the form of a Sarabam, characterised by both an animal and human form with four hands, eight legs, two wings, a beak of that of a falcon and fierce flaming eyes, to mollify the angry Narasimha. The two wings were Kali and Durga. Shiva embraced Narasimha in a tight hold and cooled his temper by fanning his two wings till Narasimha gradually calmed down and assumed the yoga posture. Thus Narasimha became Yoga Narasimhar and Lord Shiva as Sarabam is wordshipped as Sarabeswarar

Just as water mixed with water, milk with milk and ghee with ghee,all merge into one; in the same manner Vishnu has emerged into Siva.

Mode of Worship

Due to the nature of Narasimha form (Divine Anger), it is considered essential that worship is given with highest attention compared to other deities. In many temples, only lifelong celibates (Aajanma Brahmacharis) will be able to have the chance to serve as priests to perform the daily puja. Forms where Narasimha appears in a Yogic posture, or with the goddess Laxmi are the exception to this rule, as Narasimha is taken as being more relaxed in both of these instances compared to his form when emerging from the pillar to protect Prahlada.

Symbolism

• Narasimha indicates God’s omnipresence and the lesson is that God is everywhere, as told by Prahlada to his father, Hiranyakashipa. The following Telugu verse of Bammera Pothana in Telugu Maha Bhagavatha tells the same in a simple language

Indugaladandhu Ledani Sandehamu
Valadu, Chakri Sarvopagathundendu
Vedaki Choochina Andande Galadu
Daanavagrani vinten!

• Prahlada’s devotion indicates that pure and sincere devotion is not one of birthright but of character. Prahlada although the son of a demon, demonstrated greatest bhakthi to God.

The Lord has bestowed Sadgati to Hiranyakashipa through devotion in the form of enmity (vaira bhakthi) and at the same time offered “vydeha mukti” to his devotee, Prahlada. Strange are the ways of the Lord!!

Philosophy of Narasimhaavathara

Among the numerous avataras (incarnations) of Lord Mahavishnu, the Nrisimhaavathaara holds a significance in that it has an inexplicable relation to the Vedas. Describing the incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu as innumerable, the Mahabharata describes 21 of His incarnations and of these the most popularly known are the Dashavatharas (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu).

Of these, the first four are Sadyojatha (spontaneously occurring all by himself) the last of the four is the Nrisimha Avatara, which is significant in that it is the only Avatara in which the Lord has manifested in a part-human, part-animal form. This Avatara lasted for a very short period. Nrisimhaavathaara also signifies the Vibhuthis (* precious qualities) of the Almighty, viz., Omnipresence, Omnipotent and Omniscience. The Lord has taken this incarnation in the form” NA MRIGAM –NA MANUSHAM” to prove the word of his devotee, Prahlada that God resides in every thing and every where .NARASIMHA is born out of conflict between the demon quality of Hiranya Kashipa and the divine quality of Prahalada at Sandhya Samaya (TWILIGHT)., i.e., generally considered as a time when it is neither night nor day. But it is the time when there is some day light associated with darkness of the night and this is the philosophy of Narasimha. Vyasa Maharshi explains that the World is full of Duality and represents PARAMAATHMA.But in the inner meaning, Paramathma is Nirvikara and not affected by any thing. Maharshi Vyasa calls the Lord as “NARASIMHA” and at the same time tells that the Lord is neither Nara (Man) nor Simha (lion).The purpose and objective of the incarnation is to protect and save his sincere devotees.

Sathyam vidhaathum nijabhruthya bhaashitham
Vyaapthincha bhootheshwakhileshu chaathmanam
Adhrushyathaathyadbhutha roopamudvahan
Sthambhe sabhaayaam na mrugam na maanusham

Unlike other incarnations, Nrisimhavathara is the story of his devotee, viz., Prahlada. Surprisingly, Prahlada never pleaded with the Lord to save him from the physical torture faced by him. He just prayed to the Lord reciting His names and the Lord took form to destroy the demon king and bless Prahlada. Hiranya Kashipa represents the demon qualities in Man whereas Prahlada represents the Divine qualities in Men. Killing of Hiranya Kashipa means destroyal of demon qualities and protection of Prahlada represents development of divine qualities, which is the objective of Bhagavatha. In other words, the philosophy of Narasimhavathara is nothing but removal of demon qualities of Hiranya Kashipu from the Man and protects the Divine qualities of Prahladaa!

Samsaara Saagara Nimajjana Muhyamaanam
Deenam vilokaya vibhokarunanidhee Maam
Prahlaada Bheda Parihaara Paraavathhara )))
Laxmi Nrisimha mama Dehi Karaavalambam.

Prahalada means one who bestows happiness and bliss. It also means Ananda Swaroopa and it is the main objective of Bhagavatha Purana to make the Man Ananda Swaroopa and therefore Narasimha is considered as main deity for Bhagavatha.by the elders and learned people.

Advent of Lord As Narasimha (Nrasimha Aavirbhavam)

Lord Narasimha incarnated himself on Hindu Lunar Calendar day, Vaishaka Shudda Chathurdasi and this day is celeberated as NRISIMHA JAYANTHI. It is said in the Nrisimha Puranam that Lord Narsimha himself to Prahlaada thus:

Vaishakha Shukla Pakshethu
Chathurdashyaam Samaa chareth
Majjanma SambhavamPunyam
Vratham Paapa Pranaashanam

Though, the Lord took form in a furious form as Ugra Narasimha, he is still considered a savior, in Abhaya Swaroopa.

There is a story in which the Lord saved Aadi Sankaracharya from being sacrificed to Goddess Kali by a Kapalika. Aadi Sankara composed the Laxmi Narasimha Karaavalamba Stothra, seeking liberation from the family bondage.
The demon king Hiranyakashipa conquered the three worlds and dictated the Universe. Today man is also trying to conquer the Nature for fulfilling his desires. Whether it was Hiranya Kashipa of olden days or today’s man, both are greedy and selfish and want to fulfill their materialistic desires, but not for the welfare of the society. The demon king, Hiranya Kashipa and today’s man are not utilizing their intelligence and power for the welfare of the world (Jagath Kalyanam). That is why today’s man is deprived of peace, happiness as he is full of hatred, antipathy and discontentment. What is the reason> Are we in search of happiness or happiness in the guise of miseries. One has to think about it!

Instead of having ‘Need-based Culture’ today’s man has ‘Greed-based culture’, and this is responsible for his discontentment, unhappiness and lack of peace

People are surrounded in the web called “Maya Soukhya Bhavam” as described by Bhaktha Prahlada, and this has to be remembered by every one of us .Why the Lord, rejecting the intelligent brain of Man, has selected the less intelligent head of Narasimha> The lion is the king of animals. It has no greed. On the other hand, man has intelligence, but is not able to conquer his meanness. Looking from this angle, Narasimhavathara is relevant and a source of inspiration even today.

The worship of Narasimha Swamy is spread all over as could be seen from the existence of number of temples in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In these temples, we find the Lord in the form of idols made of stone, and in few places, carved on the pillars.

The construction and description of Narasimha idols intended for worship is laid down in the Puranas and Agama Sastras. The Puranas like Agni, Naarada, Vishnu, Dharmothara etc., and Samhithas like Sathvatha, Padma etc., and Roopa Ratnavali (Shilpa Sastra) have prescribed and described the various forms of Narasimha. Generally we find the idols of Narasimha in the following forms: presiding deity (Moola varulu), Utsava moorthi (idol taken in procession during temple festivals), upa sannidhulu, ((along side the presiding deity), images carved on pillars, images taken from the Lord’s Dashavatharas, and images shown separately.

Keerthi Mukha & Makara Thoranam

We find the head of a Lion in the middle of Makara Thoranas which adorns the Presiding Deity (Moola Virat).This lion head is that of Keerthi Mukha. A demon king called Keerthi Mukha, has asked a boon with Lord who came to kill him. The demon seeks a boon from the Lord that his head should get worship. Then the Lord gives a boon saying that all the puja (Worship) performed to him would reach the head of Keerthi Mukha, and consequently, the Lord has placed the head of Keerthi Mukha on the Makara Thoranas. This is one story.

Lion is a Killer. But the symbol of Surya (Sun) Flag is Lion which has a great amazing energy. In Puranas, the power of Parameshwara is compared with that of a Lion. In Narasimhavathara, the Lion head is considered as Paramathma and the body of human being is considered as Jeevathma. This is given by the Jagdguru Adi Sankaracharya in his Commentary on “Brahma Soothrams” In Kaalika Purana also it is said that Lion head in Narasimha represents Narayana amsha.

In the books of Lingayaths, it is said that after killing the demon king Hiranya Kashipa, the Lord was wandering with angry and fury. Then the Siva in the form of Sharabha and killed the Narasimha, and placed the Lion Head on Makara Thorana as a symbol of victory(Keerthi Mukha).This story is found in the book” Anubhava Shikhamani and Yedu Gathalu”

Lord Shiva assumed the form of a Sarabam, characterised by both an animal and human form with four hands, eight legs, two wings, a beak of that of a falcon and fierce flaming eyes, to mollify the angry Narasimha. The two wings were Kali and Durga. Shiva embraced Narasimha in a tight hold and cooled his temper by fanning his two wings till Narasimha gradually calmed down and assumed the yoga posture. Thus Narasimha became Yoga Narasimhar and Lord Shiva as Sarabam is wordshipped as Sarabeswarar

Just as water mixed with water, milk with milk and ghee with ghee,all merge into one; in the same manner Vishnu has emerged into Siva.

Mode of Worship

Due to the nature of Narasimha form (Divine Anger), it is considered essential that worship is given with highest attention compared to other deities. In many temples, only lifelong celibates (Aajanma Brahmacharis) will be able to have the chance to serve as priests to perform the daily puja. Forms where Narasimha appears in a Yogic posture, or with the goddess Laxmi are the exception to this rule, as Narasimha is taken as being more relaxed in both of these instances compared to his form when emerging from the pillar to protect Prahlada.

Symbolism

• Narasimha indicates God’s omnipresence and the lesson is that God is everywhere, as told by Prahlada to his father, Hiranyakashipa. The following Telugu verse of Bammera Pothana in Telugu Maha Bhagavatha tells the same in a simple language

Indugaladandhu Ledani Sandehamu
Valadu, Chakri Sarvopagathundendu
Vedaki Choochina Andande Galadu
Daanavagrani vinten!

• Prahlada’s devotion indicates that pure and sincere devotion is not one of birthright but of character. Prahlada although the son of a demon, demonstrated greatest bhakthi to God.

The Lord has bestowed Sadgati to Hiranyakashipa through devotion in the form of enmity (vaira bhakthi) and at the same time offered “vydeha mukti” to his devotee, Prahlada. Strange are the ways of the Lord!!