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Nṛsiṃha, aka: Nrisimha; 6 Definition(s)


Nṛsiṃha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Nṛsiṃha can be transliterated into English as Nrisimha or Nrsimha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kathā (narrative stories)

Nṛsiṃha (नृसिंह).—One of the incarnations of Viṣṇu.—In the Nṛsiṃha incarnation, Prahlāda was rescued from his father, Hiraṇyakaśipu, whose chest was torn assunder by sharp nails.

Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha

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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

Pāñcarātra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Nṛsiṃha (नृसिंह, “Man-lion form”):—One of the twenty-four forms of Viṣṇu through which Nārāyaṇa manifests himself. The meaning of this title is “The one who assumes the celestial man-lion form”. He is accompanied by a counterpart emanation of Lakṣmī who is named Vidyutā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

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Pāñcarātra (पाञ्चरात्र, pancaratra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Nārāyaṇa is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaiṣnavism, the Pāñcarātra literature includes various Āgamas and tantras incorporating many Vaiṣnava philosophies.


The Nrisimha stone is elevated on the breast, is of a twany colour, and is dotted with fine spots.

Source: archive.org: The Garuda puranam

Nṛsiṃha (नृसिंह).—(Nṛhari and Narahari Narasimham (s.v.) half man and half lion avatār of Viṣṇu, worshipped as such in Harivarṣa;1 came out of a post which Hiraṇyakaśipu knocked with his fist; a description of his form and how he killed the demon;2 still his anger was not appeased; praised by Brahmā, Rudra, Indra, Sages, Pitṛs, Siddhas, Vidyādharas, Nāgas, progenitors, Gandharvas, Cāraṇas, Yakṣas, Kimpuruṣas, Vaitālikas, Kinnaras, and Viṣṇu's attendants;3 Śrī was afraid to go near him;4 at the request of the Gods Prahlāda praised the God for the welfare of the universe; offered boons to Prahlāda and advised him to rule his father's kingdom with his mind devoted to Hari until the time came for him to cast off his body;5 Brahmā's praise of the Lord's disappearance.6 God incarnate of Viṣṇu remembered by Śiva for vanquishing mātṛgaṇa;7 created from out of his limbs a number of goddesses who overcame the Rudra, mātṛgaṇas and were blessed with divinity.8

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 7. 14; V. 18. 7-14; VII. 8. 15-16; X. 2. 40; Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 5. 16.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VII. 8. 15-31; XI. 4. 19.
  • 3) Ib. VII. 8. 34 and 40-56.
  • 4) Ib. VII. 9. 2.
  • 5) Ib. V. 18. 7-14; VI. 8. 14; VII. 9 (whole); 10. 11-14.
  • 6) Ib. VII. 10. 26-31; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 33. 26.
  • 7) Matsya-purāṇa 179. 44-52, 76.
  • 8) Ib. 245. 21.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Nṛsiṃha (नृसिंह, “man-lion”) is a Sanskrit word referring to one of the ten incarnations of Viṣṇu. This incarnation appeared in the satyayuga. Viṣṇu is the name of a major Hindu deity and forms part of the trinity of supreme divinity (trimūrti) together with Brahmā and Śiva. They are seen as the cosmic personifications of creation (brahmā), maintenance (viṣṇu), and destruction (śiva).

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Nṛsiṃha (नृसिंह).—The Man-Lion incarnation of the Lord appears in various modes of action such as Emergence from the pillar, fight with Hiraṇya, Slaughter of Hiraṇya, Yoga Nrsiṃha (seated alone), Lakṣmī-Nṛsiṃha (seated with Lakṣmī) and a rare form called Aṣṭamukhagaṇḍabheruṇḍa-Nṛsiṃha. Nrsimha is the furious (ugra) aspect of Viṣṇu.

Source: Shodhganga: Historical setting of the vaisnava divyaksetras in the southern pandya country

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