NARASIMHA AVATAR (The fierce Man-Lion). The Fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu By Nikhil Gogineni.
The Fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu
Narasimha Avatar, one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, is unique in many ways. In the other avatars Vishnu was born at a particular time, grew up in this world and helped his devotees at some other time. But as Narasimha, both his appearance on earth and his coming to the aid of his devotee were simultaneous and instantaneous.Maitreya, Parasara’s disciple and author of Vishnu purana asks why Lord always seems to be partial, why he always helps the Devas and kills demons. In reply, Parasara narrates to him the story of Narasimha, who comes to the rescue of the little boy Prahlad, the son of demon king Hiranyakashipu.
“Yes, “ Prahlada answered, “He is there.” Further enraged, Hiranyakashipu knocked down a pillar and from within the pillar came a half-man, half-lion form never before seen. The lord’s form was extremely fearsome.