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Dashavatara - 04 - Narasimha

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

Hiranyakashipu, the younger brother of Hiranyaksha (who was killled by Vishnu's third avatar Varaha), had a young son Prahalad, an ardent devotee of the god. Hiranyakashipu did not like his own son's devotion to someone else and tried various ways to kill him, only to fail every time.

Once, he pointed at a pillar and asked his son if Vishnu would be in it, since he was supposed to be 'omnipresent', Prahalad replied in the affirmative. Enraged by the answer, he broke open the pillar with his mace, only to have Narasimha (half lion, half human) pounce out of it and kill him at twilight with his nails, by laying him on his own thigh at the entrance door of the asura's house. This was he shrewdly bypassed the boon given to Hiranyakashipu by Brahma which stated that no man, god or animal could kill him, neither at day nor at night, not on land, water or sky, definitely not inside his house or even outside of it irrespective of whether it is on earth, heaven or the underworld and nor with any weapons as well!

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