In popularity, next only to Ram and Krishna is Lord Narasimha who is one of the Vishnu’s incarnation. The Lord is one of the most chosen devotional themes and amongst Avatars. There are strong evidence related to this Lord in the South Indian art – paintings, sculptures and bronzes.
It is to be noted that Lord Narasimha has a important character in the epic Ramayana as Lord Raam’s (Rama) ardent devotee. He appears also as one of Hanuman’s 5 faces.
Navanarasimha is the nine forms of Narasimha. The nine forms are Ugra-narasimha, Kruddha-narasimha, Vira-narasimha, Vilamba-narasimha, Kopa-narasimha, Yoga-narasimha, Aghora-narasimha, Sudarsana-narasimha and Laksmi-narasimha.
In the sacred place known as Ahobila, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, there are the nine forms of Lord Narasimha and they are as follows seated under a banyan tree is Chhatra-vata-narasimha, the one who is blessed Lord Brahma is Yoganand-narasimha, Karanja-narasimha, Ugra-narasimha, Uha-narasimha, Kroda-narasimha, With Laksmi on His lap is Malola-narasimha, with an eight armed form rushing angrily out of the pillar is Jvala-narasimha and the one who blessed by sage Bharadvaja is Pavana-narasimha.
According to the story of Prahlada, the forms of Lord Narashima are Samhara-narasimha is the one who is killing the demon, Stambha-narasimha is the one who is coming out of the pillar, Svayam-narasimha is the one who is manifesting on His own, Grahana-narasimha is the one who is catching hold of the demon and Vidarana-narasimha is the one who is ripping open of the belly of the demon. In all the forms, this particular deity is worshipped by the Hindu devotees with lot of devotion and dedication.