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Badami Cave – 3: Narasimhavatara, the fourth avatar of Vishnu


The image shows a large-size sculptural relief depicting Narasimhavatara, the fourth of the ten avatars of Vishnu, carved into the left side wall of the mukhamantapa (verandah) of Cave 3.

In this avatar, Vishnu has a man’s torso with a lion’s face and claws. He adopted this form to kill an asura named Hiranyakashipu, who wanted to take revenge on Vishnu for killing his brother Hiranyaksha in his previous avatar, i.e., Varahavatara.

The story of Narasimhavara is depicted in the Ugra Narasimha relief installed in the outer wall of Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, Karnataka, India.

Narasimhavatara Related Images
Narasimhavatara, the fourth avatar of Vishnu installed in a devakoshta of the Durga Temple in Aihole, Karnataka.
Vishnu’s incarnation Narasimha slaying Hiranyakashipu installed in the outer wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple
Lakshmi – Narasimha installed in the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple
Ugra Narasimha carved in the lintel of the south garbhagriha door of the Kappe Chennigaraya Temple in Belur
Dashavatara (Ten Incarnations of Vishnu) painted on the ceiling of Hampi Virupaksha Temple

Related Pages
Badami, Cave – 1, Cave – 2, Cave – 3, Cave – 4
Durga Temple at Aihole
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Masterpiece of Hoysala Temple Art
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Kappe Chennigaraya Shrine
Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals

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