About Sri Lakshmi Narasimha and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Sahasranama Stotram
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu and one of Hinduism most popular deities,Narasimha is often visualised as half-man/half-lion, having a human-like torso and lower body, with a lion-like face and claws.This image is widely worshipped in deity form by a significant number of Vaisanava groups. He is known primarily as the 'Great Protector' who specifically defends and protects his devotees in times of need.
Bhagavata Purana describes that in his previous avatar as Varaha, Visnu killed the asura Hiranayaksa.The younger brother of Hirnayakna, Hiranyakasipu wanted revenge on Visnu and his followers.He undertook many years of austere penance to take revenge on visnu,Brahma thus offers the demon a boon and Hiranyakasipu asks for immortality.Brahma tells him this is not possible,but that he could bind the death of Hiranyakasipu with conditions.Hiranyakasipu agreed.
(Hiranyakasipus son) Prahalada recognised as a devoted follower of Visnu, much to his father's disappointment.Hiranyakasipu furious at the devotion of his son to Visnu,as the god had killed his brother.Finally,he decides to commit filicide.but each time he attempts to kill the boy,Prahalada is protected by Visnus mystical power.When asked,Prahalada refuses to acknowledge his father as the supreme lord of the universe and claims that Visnu is all-pervading and omnipresent.Hiranakasipu points to a nearby pillar and asks if visnu is in it and says to his son Prahalada,O most unfortunate Prahalada,you have always described a supreme being other than me, a supreme being who is above everything,who is the controller of everyone,and who is all-pervading.But where is He? If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar.Prahalada then answers,He was,He is and He will be.In an alternate version of the story, Prahalada answers,He is in pillars, nd he is in the smallest twig.
Hiranakasipu, unable to control his anger, smashes the pillar with his mace, and following a tumultuous sound, visnu in the form of Narasimha appears from it and moves to attack Hiranakasipu. in defence of Prahalada. In order to kill Hiranakasipu and not upset the boon given by Brahma, the form of Narasimha is chosen. Hiranakasipu can not be killed by human,deva or animal. Narasimha is neither one of these as he is a form of visnu incarnate as a part-human, part-animal.He comes upon Hiranakasipu at twilight (when it is neither day nor night) on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out),and puts the demon on his thighs (neither earth nor space). Using his sharp fingernails (neither animate nor inanimate) as weapons, he disembowels and kills the demon.
The Bhagavata Purana further narrates: even after killing Hiranakasipu, none of the present demigods are able to calm Narasimhas fury, not even siva. So all the gods and goddesses call his consort, Lakshmi, but she is also unable to do so. Then, at the request of Brahma, Prahalada is presented to Narasimha, and finally he is calmed by the prayers of his devotee.Before parting,Narasimha rewards the wise Prahalada by crowning him as the king.
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