Aspects|Forms of Lord Narasimha

Narasimha Swamy at ISKCON Temple

Narasimha Swamy at ISKCON Temple

There are many ferocious forms and aspects of Lord Narashima. In the several forms, the most significant three forms are Ghora-narasimha, Ugra-narasimha and Chanda-narasimha. The other important ferocious forms and aspects of Lord Narashima are as follows.

Panchamukha-Hanuman-narasimha is the one who largely appears as one of Sri Hanuman’s five faces.

The Lord representing the five elements is Prthvi-narasimha, Akasa-narasimha, Jvalana-narasimha, Vayu-narasimha and Amrta-narasimha. Jvala-narasimha is the one who is with a flame-like mane, Laksmi-narasimha is the one who is where Laksmi pacifies Him, Prasad/Prahlad-varada-narasimha is the one who is His benign aspect of protecting Prahlad.

Chhatra-narasimha is the one who is seated under a parasol of a five-hooded serpent, Yog-narasimha or Yogesvara-narasimha is the one who is in meditation, Avesha-narasimha is the one who is a frenzied form, Attahasa-narasimha is the one who is a form that majestically strides across to destroy evil and roars horribly, Chakra-narasimha is the one who is with only a discus in hand, Pusthi narasimha is the one who is worshipped for overcoming evil influences, Vishnu-narasimha, Rudra-narasimha and Brahma-narasimha.

These forms of Lord Narashima’s image can be found in most of the ancient and medieval shrines that are largely dedicated to this particular lord in northern, central and southern India. In certain Vishnu shrines too there are images of these particular forms of Lors Narasimha that is largely worshipped by the Hindu devotees and pilgrims with lot of dedication and devotion. There are also separate shrines dedicated to these lords in most of the Vishnu and Shiva shrines.

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