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Narasimha is often visualized as half-man/half-lion, having a human-like torso and lower body, with a lion-like face and claws. This image is widely worshipped in deity form by a significant number of Vaishnava groups. He is known primarily as the 'Great Protector' who specifically defends and protects his devotees in times of need.
References to Narasimha are found in a wide variety of the Puranic scriptures, with seventeen versions of the main narrative, some in more detail than others. The Bhagavata Purana (Canto 7), Agni Purana (4.2-3), Brahmanda Purana (2.5.3-29), Vayu Purana (67.61-66), Harivamsa (41 & 3.41-47), Brahma Purana (213.44-79), Vishnudharmottara Purana (1.54), Kurma Purana (1.15.18-72), Matsya Purana (161-163), Padma Purana (Uttara-khanda 5.42), Shiva Purana (2.5.43 & 3.10-12), Linga Purana (1.95-96), Skanda Purana 7 (2.18.60-130) and Vishnu Purana (1.16-20) all contain depictions of the Narasimha Avatar. There is also a short reference in the Mahabharata (3.272.56-60) and a Tapani Upanishad (Narasimha tapani Upanisad), earliest of Vaishnava Upanishads named in reference to him.
References from VedasOne phrase of the Rig Veda appears to indicate an epithet that has been attributed to the form of Vishnu as Narasimha. It clearly calls the qualities of Vishnu that are seen only in this avatar as "like some wild beast, dread, prowling, mountain-roaming" (RV.I 154.2a). There is a reference or an allusion to knowledge of Namuci story in RV.VIII 14.13: "With waters' foam you tore off, Indra, the head of Namuci, subduing all contending hosts." This short reference is believed to have culminated in the full puranic story of this highly popular Narasimha form.
Narasimha and PrahladaThe story of Narasimha as described in the Bhagavata Purana is as follows:
In his previous avatara of Varaha, Vishnu killed a rakshasa known as Hiranyaksha. Hiranyaksha's brother Hiranyakashipu, greatly angered by this, started to abhor Vishnu and his followers. He decides to attempt to kill Vishnu by gaining mystical powers, which he believes Brahma, the chief among the devas, will award him if he undergoes many years of great austerity and penance. This initially seems to work as planned with Brahma becoming pleased by Hiranyakashipu's austerities. Brahma thus appears before Hiranyakashipu and offers him a boon that he will personally make true anything he wishes for. In reply, Hiranyakashipu pleads himself to be made immortal.
"O Brahma, give me victory over death" he said. Brahma replied, "It is not possible." But, Brahma said he could bind Hiranyakashipu's death with certain conditions. To this Hiranyakashipu requested Brahma as follows:
O my lord, O best of the givers of benediction, if you will kindly grant me the benediction I desire, please let me not meet death from any of the living entities created by you. Grant me that I not die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky. Grant me that my death not be brought about by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal. Grant me that I not meet death from any entity, living or nonliving created by you. Grant me, further, that I not be killed by any demigod or demon or by any great snake from the lower planets. Since no one can kill you in the battlefield, you have no competitor. Therefore, grant me the benediction that I too may have no rival. Give me sole lordship over all the living entities and presiding deities, and give me all the glories obtained by that position. Furthermore, give me all the mystic powers attained by long austerities and the practice of yoga, for these cannot be lost at any time. Brahma said, "Tatha asthu" (be it so) and vanished. Hiranyakashipu was happy thinking that he had won over death.
One day while Hiranyakashipu is performing austerities at Mandaracala Mountain, his home is attacked by Indra and the other devatas. At this point the divine sage Narada intervenes to protect Kayadu, whom he describes as 'sinless'. Following this event, Narada takes Kayadu into his care and while under the guidance of Narada, her unborn child (Hiranyakashipu's son) Prahlada, becomes affected by the transcendental instructions of the sage even at such a young stage of development. Thus, Prahlada later begins to show symptoms of this earlier training by Narada, gradually becoming recognised as a devoted follower of Vishnu, much to his father's disappointment.
Hiranyakashipu eventually becomes so angry and upset at his son's devotion to Vishnu (whom he sees as his mortal enemy) that he decides he must kill him, but each time he attempts to kill the boy, Prahlada is protected by Vishnu's mystical power. When asked, Prahlada refuses to acknowledge his father as the supreme lord of the universe and claims that Vishnu is all-pervading and omnipresent. Hiranyakashipu points to a nearby pillar and asks if 'his Vishnu' is in it:
"O most unfortunate Prahlada, you have always described a supreme being other than me, a supreme being who is above everything, who is the controller of everyone, and who is all-pervading. But where is He? If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar?”
Prahlada then answers, He was, He is and He will be. In an alternate version of the story, Prahlada answers, He is in pillars, and he is in the smallest twig. Hiranyakashipu, unable to control his anger, smashes the pillar with his mace, and following a tumultuous sound, Vishnu in the form of Narasimha appears from it and moves to attack Hiranyakashipu. in defence of Prahlada. In order to kill Hiranyakashipu and not upset the boon given by Brahma, the form of Narasimha is chosen. Hiranyakashipu can not be killed by human, deva or animal. Narasimha is neither one of these as he is a form of Vishnu incarnate as a part-human, part-animal. He comes upon Hiranyakashipu at twilight (when it is neither day nor night) on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out), and puts the demon on his thighs (neither earth nor space). Using his sharp fingernails (neither animate nor inanimate) as weapons, he disembowels and kills the demon. Kurma Purana describes the preceding battle between the Purusha and demonic forces in which he escapes a powerful weapon called Pashupata and it describes how Prahlada's brothers headed by Anuhrada and thousands of other demons "were led to the valley of death (yamalayam) by the lion produced from the body of man-lion" avatara. The same episode occurs in the Matshya Purana 179, several chapters after its version of the Narasimha advent.
The Bhagavata Purana further narrates: even after killing Hiranyakashipu, none of the present demigods are able to calm Narasimha's fury, not even Shiva. So all the gods and goddesses call his consort, Lakshmi, but she is also unable to do so. Then, at the request of Brahma, Prahlada is presented to Narasimha, and finally he is calmed by the prayers of his devotee. Before parting, Narasimha rewards the wise Prahlada by crowning him as the king.
Narasimha and Adi ShankaraIt is believed by followers that Narasimha protects his sincere devotees when they are in extreme danger. Near Srisailam, there is a forest called Hatakeshwanam, that no man enters. Shankaracharya entered this place and did penance for many days. During this time, a Kapalika, by name Kirakashan appeared before him. Kapalikas are a set of people who live in the burial grounds and pray to God by giving human and animal sacrifice. They were against Vedanta system of Adi Shankara which preaches love and affection and shuns violence. He told Sri Sankara that he should give his body as a human sacrifice to Kali. Sankara was happy to hear this request and agreed. His disciples were shocked to hear this and pleaded Shankara to change his mind but Shankara refused to do so saying that it was an honor to give up his body as a sacrifice for Kali and one must not lament over such things. The Kapalika arranged a fire for the sacrifice and asked Shankara to sit beside it. Just as he lifted his axe to severe Shankara's head, Lord Vishnu as Narasimha entered the body of Shankaracharya's disciple, Padmapada, who was a devotee of Narasimha, and fought the Kapalika, slayed him and thus freed the forest of Kapalikas. Thus Adi Sankara composed the very powerful Lakshmi-Narasimha Karavalambam Stotram at the very spot in front of Lord Narasimha.
Mode of worshipDue to the nature of Narasimha's form (divine anger), it is essential that worship be given with a very high level of attention compared to other deities. In many temples only lifelong celibates (brahmacarya) will be able to have the chance to serve as priests to perform the daily puja. Forms where Narasimha appears sitting in a yogic posture, or with the goddess Lakshmi are the exception to this rule, as Narasimha is taken as being more relaxed in both of these instances compared to his form when first emerging from the pillar to protect Prahlada.
PrayersA number of prayers have been written in dedication to Narasimha avatar. These include:
The Narasimha Maha-Mantra
"I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasimha, who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and whose nails are like chisels on the stone like chest of the demon Hiranyakasipu." (Narasimha Pranama)
- Narasimha indicates God's omnipresence and the lesson is that God is everywhere. For more information, see Vaishnava Theology.
- Narasimha demonstrates God's willingness and ability to come to the aid of His devotees, no matter how difficult or impossible the circumstances may appear to be.
- Prahlada's devotion indicates that pure devotion is not one of birthright but of character. Prahlada, although born a rakshasa, demonstrated the greatest bhakti to God, and endured much, without losing faith.
- Narasimha is known by the epithet "Mriga-Sharira" in Sanskrit which translates to Animal-Man. From a philosophical perspective, Narasimha thus is a symbol of Advaita with man half representing the Jeevatma and the Lion half the Paramatman.
SignificanceIn South Indian art – sculptures, bronzes and paintings – Vishnu's incarnation as Narasimha is one of the most chosen themes and amongst Avatars perhaps next only to Rama and Krishna in popularity.
Lord Narasimha also appears as one of Hanuman's 5 faces, who is a significant character in the Ramayana as Lord Raam's(Rama) devotee.
Forms of NarasimhaThere are several forms of Narasimha, but nine main ones collectively known as Navanarasimha:
(1) Ugra-narasimha (2) Kruddha-narasimha (3) Vira-narasimha (4) Vilamba-narasimha (5) Kopa-narasimha (6) Yoga-narasimha (7) Aghora-narasimha (8) Sudarsana-narasimha (9) Laksmi-narasima
In Ahobila, Andhra Pradesh, the nine forms are as follows:
(1) Chhatra-vata-narasimha (seated under a banyan tree)
(2) Yogananda-narasimha (who blessed Lord Brahma)
(3) Karanja-narasimha (4) Uha-narasimha (5) Ugra-narasimha (6) Kroda-narasimha
(7) Malola-narasimha (With Laksmi on His lap)
(8) Jvala-narasimha (an eight armed form rushing out of the pillar)
(9) Pavana-narasimha (who blessed the sage Bharadvaja)
Forms from Prahlada story:
Stambha-narasimha (coming out of the pillar)
Svayam-narasimha (manifesting on His own)
Grahana-narasimha (catching hold of the demon)
Vidarana-narasimha (ripping open of the belly of the demon)
Samhara-narasimha (killing the demon)
The following three refer to His ferocious aspect:
Ghora-narasimha, Ugra-narasimha, Chanda-narasimha
Panchamukha-Hanuman-narasimha, (appears as one of Sri Hanuman's five faces.)
Prthvi-narasimha, Vayu-narasimha, Akasa-narasimha, Jvalana-narasimha, and Amrta-narasimha, (representing the five elements)
Jvala-narasimha (with a flame-like mane)
Laksmi-narasimha (where Laksmi pacifies Him)
Prasada/Prahlada-varada-narasimha (His benign aspect of protecting Prahlada)
Chhatra-narasimha (seated under a parasol of a five-hooded serpent)
Yoga-narasimha or Yogesvara-narasimha (in meditation)
Avesha-narasimha (a frenzied form)
Attahasa-narasimha (a form that roars horribly and majestically strides across to destroy evil)
Chakra-narasimha, (with only a discus in hand)
Vishnu-narasimha, Brahma-narasimha and Rudra-narasimha
Pusthi narasimha, (worshipped for overcoming evil influences)
Early images of NarasimhaIn Andhra Pradesh, a panel dating to third-fourth century AD shows a full theriomorphic squatting lion with two extra human arms behind his shoulders holding Vaishnava emblems. This lion, flanked by five heroes (viras), often has been identified as an early depiction of Narasimha. Standing cult images of Narasimha from the early Gupta period, survive from temples at Tigowa and Eran. These sculptures are two-armed, long maned, frontal, wearing only a lower garment, and with no demon-figure of Hiranyakashipu. Images representing the narrative of Narasimha slaying the demon Hiranyakasipu survive from slightly later Gupta-period temples: one at Madhia and one from a temple-doorway now set into the Kumra-math at Nachna, both dated to the late fifth or early sixth century A.D.
An image of Narasimha supposedly dating to second-third century AD sculpted at Mathura was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1987. It was described by Stella Kramrisch, the former Philadelphia Museum of Art's Indian curator, as "perhaps the earliest image of Narasimha as yet known". This figure depicts a furled brow, fangs, and lolling tongue similar to later images of Narasimha, but the idol's robe, simplicity, and stance set it apart. On Narasimha's chest under his upper garment appears the suggestion of an amulet, which Stella Kramrisch associated with Visnu's cognizance, the Kaustubha jewel. This upper garment flows over both shoulders; but below Hiranyakasipu, the demon-figure placed horizontally across Narasimha's body, a twisted waist-band suggests a separate garment covering the legs. The demon's hair streams behind him, cushioning his head against the man-lion's right knee. He wears a simple single strand of beads. His body seems relaxed, even pliant. His face is calm, with a slight suggestion of a smile. His eyes stare adoringly up at the face of Vishnu. There is little tension in this figure's legs or feet, even as Narasimha gently disembowels him. His innards spill along his right side. As the Matsya purana describes it, Narasimha ripped "apart the mighty Daitya chief as a plaiter of straw mats shreds his reeds". Based on the Gandhara-style of robe worn by the idol, Michael Meiste altered the date of the image to fourth century AD.
Deborah Soifer, a scholar who worked on texts in relation to Narasimha, believes that "the traits basic to Vishnu in the Veda remain central to Vishnu in his avataras" and points out, however, that: "we have virtually no precursors in the Vedic material for the figure of a man-lion, and only one phrase that simply does not rule out the possibility of a violent side to the benign Vishnu". Soifer speaks of "the enigma" of Vishnu's Narasimha avatara and comments that "how the myth arrived at its rudimentary form [first recorded in the Mahabharata], and where the figure of the man-lion came from remain unsolved mysteries.".
An image of Narasimha, dating to the 9th century, was found on the northern slope of Mount Ijo, at Prambanan, Indonesia. Images of Thrivikrama and Varaha avataras were also found at Prambanan, Indonesia. Vishnu and His avatara images follow iconographic pecularities characteristic of the art of central Java. This includes physiognomy of central Java, an exaggerated volume of garment, and some elaboration of the jewelry. This decorative scheme once formulated became, with very little modification, an accepted norm for sculptures throughout the Central Javanese period (circa 730-930 A.D.). Despite the iconographic peculiarities, the stylistic antecedents of the Java sculptures can be traced back to Indian carvings as the Chalukya and Pallava images of the 6th-7th centuries AD.
Cultural Tradition of Procession (श्री नृसिंह यात्रा)In Rajopadhyaya Brahmins of Nepal, there is a tradition of celebrating the procession ceremony of the deity Narasimha avatar, in Lalitpur district of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. The fifth day of holy Shrawan (श्रावण) month i.e. Shrawan Krishna Panchami of the Hindu Lunar Calendar is marked as auspicious day for the religious procession, Nrisimha Yatra(नृसिंह यात्रा). This tradition of the holy procession has been held for more than a hundred years. This is one of the typical traditions of the Rajopadhyaya Bramhins, the Hindu Bramhans of the locality.
In this Nrisimha Yatra (श्री नृसिंह यात्रा), each year one male member of the Rajopadhyaya community gets the chance to be the organizer each year in that particular day. He gets his turn according to the sequence in their record, where the names of Rajopadhyaya bramhins are registered when a bramhan lad is eligible to be called as a Bramhan.
Temples dedicated to NarasimhaTemples indicated with * are Places of Piligrimage.
In Andhra Pradesh
*Ahobilam or Ahobalam is a major center of pilgrimage in South India, located in the Nandyal Taluka of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, India. According to local legend, this is where Lord Narasimha blessed Prahlada and killed the demon Hiranyakashipa. It is an important place of worship for Vaishnavas and is one of the 108 Divya Desams.
- *Penna Ahobilam Lakshmi Narasimha temple
- *Yoga Narasimha Swamy, in Dharmapuri, Karimnagar District, Andhra Pradesh. It is said that at Dharmapuri, Narasimha Deva meditated in Yogamudra, after his Ugrarupa.
- Kotla-Narasimhulapalle, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh
- *Kadiri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Kadiri, Anantapur Dist, Andhra Pradesh.
- *Shri Yogananda Narasimha Swamy, Vedadri, near Vijayawada
- *Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Nacharamgutta, Medak district, Andhra Pradesh.
- *Shri Panakala Narasimha Swamy, Mangalagiri, near Vijayawada
- Shri Shobhanaachala Vyaghra Narasimha Swamy, Aagiripalli, near Vijayawada
- *Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Antarvedi, Sakhinetipalle, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh
- *Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Peruru Village, Amalapuram, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh
- *Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Yadagiri Gutta, Near Bhongir, Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh. See Yadagirigutta (Temple)
- Shri Matsyagiri Laxmi Narasihma Swamy Devalayam, Vemula Konda, Valiginda mandal, Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh. The temple of Lakshmi Narasihma swamy is on the rock hill (konda) in Mastya avataram.
- Shri Varaha Narasimha Swamy, is the combination of Varaha avatar and Narasimha avatar. When Prahlada was throwed into the sea, Shri Varaha Narasimha swamy protected prahlada and raised a mountain. This mountain is the Simhachalam *Simhachalam, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
- *Singarayakonda, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Mallooru, Warangal District (~70KM from Bhadrachalam), Andhra Pradesh.
- Sri Yogananda Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Mattapalli (at the confluence of Krishna and Musi rivers), about 15 km from Huzurnagar taluq, Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh (Bus available from Miryalaguda/Kodada.
- Vadapally, Near Miryalaguda, Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh
- *Shri Lord Lakshmi-Narasimha Swamy temple, Korukonda, near Rajahmundry, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh.
- *Shri Malayadri Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Malakonda, near Kundakur, Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh.
- Shri Prasanna Narasimha Swamy temple, Singarakonda, Prakasham district, Andhra Pradesh
- Shri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Khammam, Khammam District, Andhra Pradesh.
- Shri Penusila Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Penchalakona, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh
- Shri Limbadri Narasimha Swamy, Bheemgal taluk, Nizamabad district, Andhra Pradesh
- Cheeryala Sree Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devastanam, Cheeryala, Keesara Mandal, Rangareddy district, Andhra Pradesh
- Phani Giri gutta, Near Kottapet, Hyderabad, RangaReddy District, Andhra Pradesh
- Vedagiri Sree Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy, Narasimha Konda, Near Nellore, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh.
- Sri Jwala Narasimha Temple, Parvathapuram, Feerjadiguda, Uppal, HYD
- Shri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Sigotam(singapatnam),Kollapur, Mahabubnagar district, Andhra Pradesh.
- *Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Road No.12 Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple of PenchalaKona,Nellore(dt),Andhra Pradesh
- * Guttameeda Narasimha swamy Temple Inugurti village, K Samudram Mandalam, Khammam Dist. A.P>
- * Tarigonda Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Tarigonda, Gurramkonda mandal, Chittoor Dist. A.P.
- Balele Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Narasimha Gudda, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka
- * Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Roopena Agrahara, Hosur Main Road, Bangalore, Karnataka. This is the only temple in India which has "Narasimha Meru" belonging to ancient period. "Narasimha Meru" is a hill shaped chakra made specifically for Narasimha Swamy. Pradakshana to this Chakra and Narasimha Swamy will clear kuja dosha. www.sriharivaikuntakshetra.org
- Sri Yoga Narasimha, on a hilltop fortress at Melkote, Nagamangala, Mysore District, Karnataka. In Kannada, the term means, top (mele) fort (kote). The fort, situated on a near-vertical hill is a strategic area, overlooking the plains. Melkote is also the site of the famous Cheluvanarayana Temple and the annual Vairamudi festival, where the deity is adorned with a crown of dazzling uncut diamonds.
- Shri Narasimha Swami Zarni Cave Temple, Bidar District, Karnataka - It is said that Lord Narasimha after killing Hiranyakashpu, proceeded to kill a demon named Jalasura. Jalasura was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. After he was killed by Lord Narasimha, Jalasura turns into water starts flowing from Lord's feet. And to this day water keeps flowing from lord’s feet and fills the cave.
- Shri Yoga Mudre Lakshmi Narasimha Swami, Mudugere, near Hassan, Karnataka
- Shri LakshmiNarasimha, Marehalli, Malavalli taluk Mandya district Karnataka.
- Shri Shodasha Bahu Narasimha Swamy, Karpara Kshetra, Koppara village, Raichur District, Karnataka.
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Koppara, Devadurga, Raichur, Karnataka
- Sri Yoganarasimha Devalaya, Mysore, Karnataka.
- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Malleswaram, Bangalore
- Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Hatyal, C N Halli, Tumkur, Karnataka
- Shri Ugra Narasimha Swamy Devasthana at Maddur, Karnataka
- Shri Kambada Narasimha Swamy Devasthana at Sugganahalli, near Kudur, Tumkur district, Karnataka
- Shri Kambada Narasimha Swamy Devasthana at Sondalagere, Kunigal taluq, Tumkur district, Karnataka
- *Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthana at Srirangapatna, Mandya district, Karnataka
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthana at Kammasandra, Nelamangala Taluk, Bangalore Rural District, Karnataka
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthana at Balepet, Near Kempe Gowda bus stand, Bangalore
- Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Bhadravathi, Karnataka
- Sheebi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Sheebi, Tumkur Dist, Karnataka
- *Yoga Narasimha Swamy, Boga Narasimha Swamy temple, Devarayanadurga, Karanataka
- Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Balepet, Bangalore - a 500years old temple.
- *Shri Ugra Narasimha, Shri Vijayendra Tirtha Prathistapitha, Moolky, Karnataka
- Sree Lakshminarasimha swamy temple, Doddadalavatta, Madhugi taluq, Tumkur district, Karnataka
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Holenarsipura, Hassan district, Karnataka
- *Savandurga Narasimha Swamy Temple, Savana Durga, Magadi taluk, Ramanagar District
- *Holé Narasipura, Hassan district, Karnataka.
- *Hatyaalu Betta, Tiptur Taluk, Tumkur District, Karnataka
- Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Devasthana at Gorur, Hassan District, Karnataka
In Maharashtra and Goa
- *Sri Jwala Narasimha Temple in Kole Narasimhapur, Walva, Sangli District, Maharashtra.
- Shri Ugra Narasimha Temple, Holi, Nanded, Maharashtra
- Sri Laxmi Narasimha Temple, 1420 Sadashiv Peth, Pune, Maharashtra.
- Shri Laxmi Narsimha Temple in Ranjani, Tal Ambegaon, near Manchar, District Pune, Maharashtra.
- *Tathavade, Near Chinchwad, Pune district, Maharashtra
- *Nira Narsingpur, Indapur taluq, Pune district, Maharashtra
- Shri Laxmi Narsimha Temple in Veling (Mhardol), Tal Ponda, Goa
- Pokharni, Parbhani district, Maharashtra.
- Sangawade, Taluka Karveer, District Kolhapur, Maharashtra
- Shree Lakshmi Narsimha Temple, Dhom, Tal. Wai, District Satara, Maharashtra
- At Post - Nittur, Taluka - Chandgad, Dist- Kolhapur (around 40 km inside maharashtra from Belgaum. It is said that this temple was built by Pandvas when they were in exile. This is ancient temple in a big rock, it is engraved in a big solid rock.
- Ramapuram Narasimhar, also known as Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar, at Ramapuram, Chennai.
- Sri Lakshmi Narashimha Swamy Kovil, Nangavalli (Near Mettur) Salem district, Tamil Nadu.
- *Sri Azhagiya Singar at Parthasarathy Kovil in Tiruvellikeni, Chennai.
- Shri Narasimha temple, Parikkal, Tamil Nadu
- *Shri Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, Ghatikachala, Sholinghur, Tamil Nadu. More information on Sholinghur temple.
- Sri Yoga Narasimha Kovil at Chintalavadi, Tamil Nadu
- Sri Kaattu Azhagiya Singar, Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli
- Shri Lakshmi Narashimar Temple, Ukkadam, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu
- *Shri Ukkara Narshimar Temple, Namakkal, Tamilnadu
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimhar Thirukoil, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu
- Shri Yoga Narashmar Temple, Aanaikkal, Othakkadai, Madurai, Tamilnadu
- Shri Ugra Narasimhar Temple, Singaperumalkoil, near Chengalpattu
- *Ugra Narasimhar at Shri Prasanna Venkatachapathy Temple, Keelapavoor, near Tenkasi also known as South Ahobhilam
- Shri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple at Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Padalathri Narasimha Swamy, Singa Perumal Koil, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Nava Narasimhar Temple, Avaniyapuram, Tamil Nadu
- Shri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, Keelavasal, near thanjore palace, Thanjavur.
- Shri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, Vallam, Thanjavur Dist.
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, injeemedu, near Vandavasi, Tamil nadu.
- Shri Amirthavailli Nayaga Samadha Shri Yoga Nanda Narashima Swamy TEmple Sogathur 6 km from Vandavai, Tiruvannamail DT. and 46 km from Kancheepuram
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple, Polur, near Thiruvannamalai
- Shri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple, PV Kalathur, near Chengalpet
- Shri Yoga Narasimhar Temple, Kanchipuram - (Tiruvelukkai one of the 108 divya desams)
- Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple: Lord Narasimha Murthy is one of the main deities in the temple.
- Sree Narasimha Swamy temple,Yeroor, kollam, kerala
- Sri Narasimhaswami Temple, Aymanam, Kottayam, Kerala
- Anayadi Pazhayidam Sri Narasimha Swami Temple, Sooranad, Kollam, Kerala
- Sri Edappurathu Lakshmi Narasimha Moorthi Temple, Puthuruthy, Kerala
- *Kulasserry Temple Thrissur, Kerala
- Sri Narasimhaswami Temple, Kadungalloor, Aluva
- Sri Narasimha Parthasarathy Temple, Thiruvangore, Kozhikode
- West Pattissery Sree VISHNU Temple CHALISSERY PALAKKAD
- Narasimha Temples run by GSB community in Kerala are located at Manjeshwar, Ullal, Thalassery, Thuravoor and Alappuzha
- Srinivasa Kovil, thekkumbhagom, Tripunithura - Here the god is Ugranarasimha. Ernakulam District
- Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Kadungalloor, Alwaye, 683 108, Kerala,
- Pandavath Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Aymanam, Near Kottayam Town, Kerala.
- Nechiyil Sree Narasimha kshetram, Rg:No 203/93, Cherapadum,(po) k.v.kavu, malappuram, kerala,673637
- Sri Narasimhaswamy Mahakshetram, Thuravur, Cherthala, Alappuzha
- Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Peruva, Kottayam District, Keralam
- Muriyamangalam Narasimha swamy Temple,Mamala,Thrivankulam,Ernakulam Dist[Near Chottanikkara Devi temple]KERALA..
- Sri Ramamangalam Bala Narasimha Temple,Muvattupuzha to piravom route ( via ) pampakkuda. 15 km, Ernakulam,Kerala .Sree Shadkala Govinda Marar sung here. Both the highest koddi Maram of Kerala for Narasimha and shortest Koddi Maram for Ovu ( Pranala) Thangi Unni Bhootham is here in this Temple.30 km from Ernakulam Railway station.
- Shri Narsinghji temple, AMER, Rajasthan
- *Shri Narsinghji Temple at Gudha, Rajasthan
- Shri Narsinghji Temple at Garhi, Hindon-Karoli Road, Karoli, Rajasthan
- Shri Narsingh Mandir, Hasampur, Between Kotputli and neem ka thana, Rajasthan
- Narsinghji Ka Mandir, Holidada, Ajmer, Rajasthan
- Narsinghji Ka Mandir, Lokhotiyon Chowk, Bikaner, Rajasthan
- Narsingh Mandir, Daaga Chowk, Bikaner, Rajasthan
- Narsimha Mandir, Khandela, Sikar, Rajasthan
In other places
- *Megdi, Garud Taluk (Tehsil), Bageshwar District, Uttaranchal
- Narsinghji + Navgrahvatika + NrisinghKund, Goverdhan, Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh
- Narasimha mandir, Indore.
- *Mogri, Anand, Gujarat.
- *Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh
- *Shri Marjaara Nrusimha Temple, in his mighty cat-lion form near Nrusinghanath, Baragarh district, Orissa
- Narasimha Temple, near Gundicha Temple, Puri, Orissa
- Nrusingha mandira,Nalabanta,Aska,Ganjam, Orissa
- Nrusingha mandira,Sunamba street,Aska,Ganjam, Orissa
- Nrusingha mandira,Bada bazar,Bramhapur, Orissa
- Sri Bhakti Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, London, United Kingdom