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Lord Narasimha is the fourth and one of the most worshipped incarnations of Lord Vishnu who returned to Earth with the body of a human and head of a lion to kill Hiranyakashipu, a powerful demon. The day on which Lord Narasimha reincarnated in the celebrated form of man-cum-lion is observed as Narasimha Jayanti.🙏
Lord Narasimha is the fourth avatar or incarnation of Shri Hari Vishnu. As the name suggests, Narasimha is an amalgam of man (Nara) and lion (Simha). The pictorial depiction of Narasimha Deva shows him with the human body and the head of a lion. He has sharp nails and paws like a lion. And interestingly, he appeared in this form to negate Lord Brahma’s boon to a demon named Hiranyakashipu,
Hiranyakashipu (the name literally translates into “the one clothed in gold”). But unfortunately, he grew so greedy that he wanted to remain immortal and be the world ruler. Hence, he performed severe austerity to seek Lord Brahma’s blessings and receive a boon that stated the following:
● Neither a man nor an animal can kill Hiranyakashipu
● He can neither be killed during the day nor at night
● No weapon would be powerful enough to kill him
● He can neither be executed on the ground nor in the air
● He can neither be killed inside his palace nor outdoors.
👉After receiving the boon, Hiranyakashipu’s atrocities knew no bounds. Finally, he grew so unjust that he wanted to kill his own son Prahlada for worshipping Lord Vishnu
👉One day, when Hiranyakashipu challenged the existence and omnipresence of God,
👉Prahalad invoked Shri Vishnu. And when a complacent Hiranyakashipu hit a pillar with his mace to see if God dwelled inside, he was astonished to see Narasimha emerging.
👉Therefore, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha (half man-half lion) to nullify the bane of Lord Brahma without violating it and ended the rule of Hiranyakashipu.