Sri Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Narasimha Prabhavam – Part1


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This article is about Sri Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Narasimha Prabhavam. This article is written by  Sri Narayanan K S. For other parts please visit Sri Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Narasimha


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  1. Sir!
    I am a sourashtra vaishnavite brahmin.Linga puraanaa&kaalikaa puraanaa narrate taming of Bhagawaan SRI NARASIMHA by Bhagawaan SRI SARABHESHWARA duly assisted by Goddesses Sri Prathyangiraa Devi&Shoolini Devi.Can you throw light on in which puraanaas “Taming of Sri Sarabheshwaraa by Bhagawaan Sri NARAIMHA is narrated?

  2. Dear sir – namaste

    It would be better to write in English with sanskrit shlokas in devnagari script so that people from other states can also understand this article. Fortunately I got this link from other site, but unfortunately could not read a single world.
    Hope writer may think upon request.

  3. Dear sir,
    There is lot of material and information available about hinduism in Tamil, it would be better if you can provide us other languages like and hindi also as the devotees from other states can uderstand and follow the religion

  4. LORD NARASIMHA is also

    Ashtamukha Gandaberunda Story:
    Misconception of Pratyangira (none other than Lakshmi)

    Sri Ashtamukha Gandaberunda Lakshmi Narsimha Mantra(Very Useful for protection )

    “ॐ नमो भगवते अष्ट मुख गनड बेरुड़ा महोग्रोलको ज्वल ज्वाला सुदर्शन वाराह श्री लक्ष्मी न्रुसिम्हाया नमः ”

    “Om Namo Bhavathey Ashta Mukha Ganda berunda Mahogrolko Jwala Jwaala sudarshana vaaraha sree lakshmi nrusimhaya namaha”

    Ashta-Mukha Gandaberunda.
    Pratyangira is not to be confused with the lion faced devi form- which seems like an extension of the dasha maha vidya. Here Prtyangira or Simha Mukhi Lakshmi is none but Mahalakshmi.

    The story that Ashta Mukha Gandaberunda is none but combined power of Narasimha in all his Grandeur with Sarabha, Durga,Kali forming a part of his body and Lakshmi as Narasimhi/Pratyangira cooling his ferocity.

    To establish dharma, save pious people from the clutches of demons / ill minded people, Sriman Narayana manifested into several avatars and Sri Narasimha Avatar is one among them; most of us knew that Narasimha had killed Hiranyakasyapu, the demon king and blessed Prahlada his great devotee; due to His furious nature as Narasimha, no one could control his anger, Brahma and other mini gods were afraid of his rage.

    Brahma, accompanied by other mini gods, approached Siva and described the Narasimha Avatar. Siva took it lightly and said this is a tiny issue and he can sort it out with ease in no time; he instructed Vinayaka to subdue Narasimha; when Vinayaka approached Narasimha, Narasimha severely warned and drove him away; Nandi, Aghora Veerabhadra were sent to subdue Narasimha, one after the other, after Vinayaka failed in his attempts, Nandi, Aghora Veerabhadra were severely attacked by Narasimha and they reported severity of their experience to Siva; ego and arrogance entered Siva’s mind and he took the form of Sharabeswara with 5 heads, 16 arms, 8 legs, Kali and Durga as his wings and was accompanied by his parivara devatas and he reached the spot to fight with Narasimha.

    Narasimha’s blazing fury reached peak, he took the form of Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Narasimha –

    the 8 faces are: 1] twin headed Gandabherunda facing East, 2] Adi Jvala Narasimha facing SouthEast, 3] Vyagra facing South, 4] Hayagriva facing SouthWest, 5] Varaha facing West, 6] Hanuman facing NorthWest, 7] Garuda facing North and 8] Bhalluka facing NorthEast.

    Here we have to note the power and secret of the name. Many of us knew very well that Hanuman also has 5 faces and in that form he is called / worshiped only as Panchamukha Hanuman but whereas here the name is Sri Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Narasimha and not Ashtamukha Gandabherunda. There is a significance of the name Narasimha added as suffix to the name i.e. all the 8 faces not only have their individual, specific grandeur and strength but it is combined form, i.e. gets double effect, fortified with the grandeur, strength of Narasimha and that is why this avatar gets the

    name as Sri Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Narasimha.


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