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Lord Narasimha - Mantras and Story

Updated on February 21, 2014
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Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.

The Story of Lord Narasimha – The Avatar of Lord Vishnu

Lord Narasimha is the fourth incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu who incarnated to kill Demon Hiranyakashyap and to save his devotee Prahlada. According to Bhagavata Purana, Lord Maha Vishnu in his avatar as Varaha killed Demon Hiranyaksha. The Demon Hiranyakshas brother Hiranyakashipu angered by this gained mystical powers from Brahma by undergoing many years of austerity and penance so that he could take revenge on Vishnu. Pleased by this Lord Brahma gives him the boon that Hiranyakashipu could not be killed by human, God or animal or during the day or night or on the threshold of a courtyard or on the earth or space or using any weapon. So after getting a boon Hiranyakashyap returned to his kingdom and began to trouble the Gods. He also declared himself as God and ordered all to worship him. When his son Prahlada told him that Vishnu is the only God and cannot accept his father as God he tried to kill Prahlada. The servants threw Prahlada from top of mountains and in to the sea but could not kill him. Snakes and fire also could not harm him.

The Demon asked Prahlada that is Vishnu present in this pillar and took his mace to hit the pillar. Lord Vishnu emerged from the pillar in his incarnation as Lord Narasimha with the head of a Lion and body of the man. The Demon King hit Narasimha with his mace but Narasimha brushed it aside swiftly. It was twilight and Narasimha caught hold of the demon Hiranyakashipu. He sat on the threshold of the court room, placed the body of the demon on his thighs, and pierced his nails into the body of the demon and broke open his stomach killing him.

Lord Narasimha - Lord Maha Vishnu in his half Lion and half man Avatar
Lord Narasimha - Lord Maha Vishnu in his half Lion and half man Avatar

The Nine forms of Lord Narasimha (Nava Narasimha)

It is believed that Lord Narasimha protects his followers when they are in extreme danger. He also saved Adi Sankara from being sacrificed to the goddess Kali by a Kapalika. As a gesture of gratitude Adi Sankara composed the Laksmi -Narasimha stotra in praise to Lord Narasimha.

Lord Narsimha is recognized in the scriptures by a variety of forms. He is said to have more than 74 forms on the basis of his different postures or weapons. Out of this 9 forms are the most popular. The most popular out of the nine is his Lakshmi Narasimha form. The nine forms of Narasimha (Nava Narasimha) are

1. Ugra Narasimha

2. Krodha Narasimha

3. Malola Narasimha

4. Jwala Narasimha

5. Varaha Narasimha

6. Bhargava Narasimha

7. Karanja Narasimha

8. Yoga Narasimha

9. Lakshmi Narasimha

Narasimha Bija, Maha Mantra and Gayathri Mantras

Narasimha Bija mantra

Om Kshraum

Chanting this Bija Mantra is said to removes all sorrows and fears.

Narasimha Maha Mantra

The Mantra:

Om Hrim Ksraum ugram viram maha-vishnum
jvalantam sarvato mukham
nrisimham bhishanam bhadram
mrityur mrityum namamy aham

Meaning:

"I bow down to Lord Narasimha who is ferocious and heroic like Lord Vishnu. He is burning from every side. He is terrific, auspicious and the death of death personified."

Narasimha Gayatri Mantra

Mantra:

Om Vajranakhaya Vidmahe
Tiksnadamstraya Dhimahi
Tanno Narasimhah Pracodayat

Meaning:

Om let us meditate the half-man and half-lion form of the Lord Narasimha. May this great God with his nails pierce our ignorance and with his fierce sharp-tooth destroy the demon of darkness and illuminate our mind and understanding.

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    smitamore 4 years ago

    Lord Narasimha is the Supreme Lord........ The very first time I seen Narsihma Lords picture, I was attracted to him and here I reached Mayapur this year to see him and be with him .............. He is amazing........

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    harshadhiya 4 years ago

    can any one tell the full sadhna of laxmi narshima

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    Narayanan 5 years ago

    Maha Narasimha Jayanthi is Celebrated on May 4th The montth Vaishakha Shukla Paksha, Shukrawar Hastha Nakshthram - So All the Bhaktha read prahlada Sthuthi written Bhagawatham. Think all Narasimha Shrines. Let all you blessed.

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    Gaurav.J.Shetty 5 years ago

    Nobody can stop or control the wrath of Lord Narasimha.He is one of the most ferocious avatar in Vishnu Purana.

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    Gaurav.J.Shetty 5 years ago

    Narasimha Kavacham Vakshe Prahladanodhitham pura sarva sampath Karam chaiva Sarva Moksha Pradayakam

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    Narayanan 5 years ago

    Dear Vijay Be HiranyaKasipu yourself One Narasimha Moorthy will come to see you all your problems will solve. Dont get sticked to middle path search manthra everyday.

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    Narayanan 5 years ago

    I want all Bhakthas to watch Prahladar Multan you tube.

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    Narayanan 5 years ago

    See All the Bhaktha of Narasinha Please watch Multan Prahladar in you tube you will come to know How Important place Multan is.It is Half Worshipping.

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    Asha 5 years ago

    Devotion and purity are the steps to reach God

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    shalini 5 years ago

    If anyone has a specific narasimha mantra to vanquish diseases .Plz share it.

    My heartfelt thanks in advance

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    shruthi 5 years ago

    om namaha narayanaya namaha

    om shree lakshmi narasimhaswamy namaha

    I to like lakshmi narasimhaswamy god

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    Nishank 5 years ago

    @ Vijay, sure.... but before starting,Narsinha sadhana, you have to chant Narsinha Dhyaan mantra for 108 times daily for 21 days continously. As after it, one will be capable to indulge in this sadhana. Do this for 21 days & then i will give you the above procedure.

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    Raghu 5 years ago

    The place where Demon Hiranyakashyap was killed at AHOBILAM

    (KURNOOL DIST)

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    vijay 5 years ago

    Nishank can you tell me the full narasimha sadhana to get rid of problems etc.

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    vandana 5 years ago

    I strongly agree.No god will kill another god.So, lord marasimha was not killed but we humans have misinterpreted whatever was written regarding this.It's a pity we are still debating who killed who when we all know that lord narasimha is very much present amongst us today.Please read about miracles occurring in mayapur.If anyone has witnessed such a miracle personally please share it with us.

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    Manjunathswamy 5 years ago

    Lord narasimha was not killed by any one , the story of sharabha is fake as it might been created by some people and i have also read that sharabha was also killed by One Durga avatar that's why its named as Simhika like this list goes on . There are no proof of sharabha the bhagavata tells that the anger of lord narasimhaswamy was calmed by only pure bhakti of maharaj prahlad.

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    vandana 5 years ago

    Thanks pramod.I have started collecting pictures of the Lord and reading the ahobilam.May lord narasimha

    bless you

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    Nishank 5 years ago

    @ANAMIKA HUB AUTHOR

    Lord Narsimha was not killed. Gods can never be killed. I have proofs that He was not killed. Lord Shiva fought with Lord Narsimha.

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    Nishank 5 years ago

    @kritish 16 months ago

    Please Read...

    Maha Narashimha is the most ferocious avataar of God supreme father MAHAVISHNU who came on earth marking the impossible,Death of immortal demon Hiranyakashipu... possible.HE IS THE ONLY LORD BEFORE WHOM GREAT SHIVA AND BRAHMHA BOW DOWN, AND WORSHIPED,TREMBLING IN FEARS...

    "NO WITCHCRAFT OR MAGIC OR KALLI CAN AFFECT YOU{IF U ARE PURE} WHEN YOU ARE UNDER NARASHIMHA KAVACHAM"

    Kalli - What do you mean by this ? Can you please tell ?

    Do you mean with Lordess Kaali ?

    FOR NARASHIMHA IS THE NAME ABOVE ALL

    OM NAMO MAHA UGRA NARASHIMHAAYA, NARAYANAAYA NAMAHA

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    Nishank 5 years ago

    Dear All,

    I have a very Good Sadhana for removing fear, troubles & getting rid of enemies from life. Its of God Narsimha.

    If interested, please post your request. Then i will provide you up with the sadhana & its full directions/indications for performing it.

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    Pramod 5 years ago

    Dear vandana if you able think of Prahlada it is enough to worship Narasimha Moorthi. Padmapadar Disciple of Sankaracharyar was ardent devotee of Narasimha moorthi, read asmuch of AHOBILAM, read how Narada handled the issues, make database of Narasimha moorthi temples.remember Prahladar, Druvadevan, Prachethassukal etc.Help children enough help weak that is enough.

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    Pramod 5 years ago

    Dear Anamika no words to thank you for such a post of Bhagawan the little Prahlada was ever been an unconditional Bhaktha of Bhagawan a chance to remember Prahlada is enough to get place in the heart of Narayanan himself.

    Thank you so much.

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    vandana 5 years ago

    can anyone tell me what's the proper way to worship narasimhadeva

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    sukumar 5 years ago

    namo namaha

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    RAJESH  6 years ago

    Prayer to lord NARASIMA has kept me alive till date.I am told that he is still mediating somewhere in Badranath.In fact I have also been told that in the river folwing besides Bradrinath temple Lord Narasima is sitting on a shila and meditiating.

    do not know much but pray to lord for his guidance and benificial light.

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    sreenath 6 years ago

    only the true devotion of BHAKTHA PRAHLADHA could calm down narasimha deva.rest of things are not that much authentic.

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    Kubeshini Govender 6 years ago

    Praise be to Lord Narashima :) He is truly divine!!!

    Praise be to Lord Shiva :):):) mwahz my heart and soul

    Give Praise to Shakti and Naag-Shakti always ...

    I LOVE MY CULTURE ... TRUE TAMIL TIGER :) THAT'S ME!!!

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    anilkumar 6 years ago

    hi i too like narasimha and my favourite god

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    nrr 6 years ago

    Dear Himanshu / Anamika,

    There are proofs that Lord Narasimha was not pacified even by Lord shiva during sharabeswara incarnation. There is a hymn praised by Lord shiva called Mantra Raaja Pada stotram on Lord Narasimha to pacify the Ugra (Anger of Lord Narasimha ). Lord Shiva / Lord Brahma along with this hymn took prahlada in front of Lord Narasimha to Pacify him. ( On seeing Prahlada, Lord Narasimha was instantly calmed - Since, There is a nyaayam (Sastra) that, ie., A Lion will be more happy to see his Cub than any other animal ). In this way only The Lord was pacified. - This proof was available in ' Ahirbudhya Samhita' by Lord shiva available in Brahmanda Purana. So, Lord Narasimha is invincible than any other God / Goddess. He is THE supreme God of all Gods / Goddesses.

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    rameshbashyam 6 years ago from Chennai

    While there are different views on the Avtars of the Supreme Lord - Vishnu, Narasimha is the one that is the most powerful as also the sweetest. Of course, for me Rama is the Avtar I revere the most. Keep on the good work

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    manojnair 6 years ago

    Lord Narashima was not killed by Lord Shiva. He pacified Lord Narashima. Please look out for various article in the net on Lord Shrabeswara. Om

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    flowerpick 6 years ago from PHILIPPINES

    Jaya Jaya Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!

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    Heathermom 6 years ago

    Lovely narration.

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    Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Yes, There are references that Shiva Sharabha, an incarnation of Shiva, actually fought with and killed Lord Narasimhadev.

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    Himamshu S 6 years ago

    Some People tell that Lord Narasimha Swamy was Killed by Lord Shiva, Is this True ?????? Please Answer !!!

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    vijay simha chouthoy 6 years ago

    very informative & helpful

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    CAUTION 7 years ago

    Due to the nature of Narasimha's form (divine anger), it is considered essential that worship is given with a very high level of attention compared to other deities. In many temples only life-long celibates (brahmacarya) will be able to have the chance to serve as priests to perform the daily puja. Forms where Narasimha appears sitting in a yogic posture, or with the goddess Lakshmi are the exception to this rule, as Narasimha is taken as being more relaxed in both of these instances compared to his form when first emerging from the pillar to protect Prahlada.

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    kritish 7 years ago

    Maha Narashimha is the most ferocious avataar of God supreme father MAHAVISHNU who came on earth marking the impossible,Death of immortal demon Hiranyakashipu... possible.

    HE IS THE ONLY LORD BEFORE WHOM GREAT SHIVA AND BRAHMHA BOW DOWN, AND WORSHIPPED,TREMBLING IN FEARS...

    NO WITCHCRAFT OR MAGIC OR KALLI CAN AFFECT YOU{IF U ARE PURE} WHEN YOU ARE UNDER NARASHIMHA KAVACHAM

    FOR NARASHIMHA IS THE NAME ABOVE ALL

    OM NAMO MAHA UGRA NARASHIMHAAYA, NARAYANAAYA NAMAHA

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    putukarya 7 years ago from Denpasar,Bali

    As a Hindu .. I like to learn the story of Vishnu .... but most important is how we run the Doctrine of God in our daily life ... because then we are hoping for a peaceful life in this world .... thanks

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    K V Venkataramana 7 years ago

    Very nice article. Thanks for enlightening readers on Hindu gods and goddesses.

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    J A CHAWRE 7 years ago

    THE OLDEST SHRI JWALANARSIMHA MANDIR AT KOLE NARSIMHPUR SANGLI DISTRICT OF MAHARASHTRA. THIS PLACE IS RELATED TO MULTAN OF PAKISTAN.YOU WILL GET GREAT EXPERIENCE THERE.

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    Rafael Roldan 7 years ago

    Hello!

    I've a strong connection with Narasimha through dreams and visions, but i'm not sure what each of his weapons serve to.

    Thanks for helping me!

    rafaelroldan@vivax.com.br

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    flowerpick 7 years ago from PHILIPPINES

    Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

    Vishnu is his expansion.

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    Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the nice Comments Palindhika dasi and hero012.

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    hero012 7 years ago from india

    It is really a nice hub...I am a great fan of Lord Vishnu.And i like The story of Dasavatharam very much....

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    Palindhika dasi 7 years ago

    Lord Narasimha has saved my life a few times, he is my protector. I really have faith in him.

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    Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    sabreblade and Paradise7 : Thanks for the visit and encouragement.

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    Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

    Very interesting, very. A good glimpse into another's culture, legends...thank you for that.

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    sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    As always, very informative.

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