Prahalada, Prahalad: 2 definitions

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Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Prahalada was the son of the Asura-King Hiranyakashipu, by his queen Khyathu (also known as Dhanavi). As Vishnu had killed Hiranyaksha, the brother of Hiranyakashipu, the Asura had forbidden everyone in his realm (which was the whole world) to worship Vishnu, or to make offerings of Havis to the Devas. However, Prahalada was a great devotee of Vishnu and kept up his prayers.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Prahlada or Prahalad (Sanskrit: प्रहलाद) is a saintly character from the Puranic texts of Hinduism, wherein he is famed for his exclusive devotion (bhakti) to Vishnu, despite attempts in the story by his father, Hiranyakashipu, to turn him to the contrary. He is considered to be a mahājana, or great devotee, by followers of Vaishnava traditions and is of special importance to devotees of the avatār Narasimha (the Man-Lion). A philosophical treatise is accredited to him in the Bhagavata Purana wherein Prahlada describes the process of loving worship to his lord, Vishnu.

Prahlada was born to Hiranyakashipu and Kayadu. Despite several warnings from his father Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada continues to worship Vishnu. His father tries to poison him, get him trampled by the elephants, and put him in a room with venomous snakes, but Prahlada survives each and every time.

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