This beautifully carved stand-alone sculpture depicts Narasimha, one of Vishnu’s ten standard avatars (incarnations). In Sanskrit, Nara means man and Simha means lion. Vishnu in this avatar has a man’s torso with a lion’s face and claws.
Read more about Narasimhavatara on the following page: Prahlada Story – Vishnu Slaying Hiranyakashipu.
Narasimhavatara is the fourth avatar of Vishnu. For a list and description of all the ten avatars of Vishnu, check the Dashavatara page, which describes the painting on the Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals.
Other Narasimhavatara Pages
– Narasimhavatara, the fourth avatar of Vishnu installed in a devakoshta of the Aihole Durga Temple
– Vishnu’s incarnation Narasimha slaying Hiranyakashipu installed in the outer wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple
– Narasimhavatara sculpture in Cave – 3 of the rock-cut caves of Badami
– Ugra Narasimha carved on the lintel of the south garbhagriha door in the Kappe Chennigaraya Temple.
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
– Kappe Chennigaraya Shrine
– Somanathapura Keshava Temple
Badami Chalukya Temples
– Badami, Cave – 1, Cave – 2, Cave – 3, Cave – 4
– Durga Temple at Aihole
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