Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 7 Chapter 8:45-56

Book 7: Chapter 8

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 7: Chapter 8: Verses 45-56
Lord Nrsimha extolled on the death of the demon king (at His hands)

The Siddhas said : You tore with Your claws this demon, proud of his numerous achievements, who, impious as he was, snatched by dint of Yoga (breath-control) and asceticism our mystic powers acquired through concentration of mind. To You as such we reverently bow, O Nrsimha ! The Vidyadharas said : Proud of his bodily strength and valour, this fool banned (the practice of) our art (of becoming invisible and so on) cultivated (by us) through concentration of mind on diverse objects. We ever bow low to the Lord, appearing in the form of a man-lion by way of sport, by whom the fellow has been killed in an encounter even as a beast. The Nagas said : Our salutation be to You, O Lord, who have afforded delight to our wives (who are jewels among women) by splitting open the breast of this wicked fellow, by whom they had been abducted and our jewels (too) wrested ! The Manus said : We are Manus—(ever) disposed to do Your bidding—the bounds of morality fixed by whom were set at nought, O god of gods, by this demon. That wicked fellow has been made short work of by You, O Lord ! What can we do for You (now) ? (Pray,) instruct (us,) Your servants. The prajapatis said : We are Prajapatis (lords of created beings) evoloved by You, O supreme Ruler! This fellow, prohibited by whom we procreate no more progeny, surely lies (before us) with his bosom split open by You. Your descent, O Embodiment of Sattva (unmixed with Rajas and Tamas), is conducive to the good of the world. The Gandharvas said : We, O almighty Lord, are Your dancers and singers in dramatic performances.

This fello, by whom we were brought into subjection by dint of valour, physical strength and organic power, has been reduced to this plight by You! Can one who has taken to evil ways attain haappiness? The Caranas said : We have (once more freely) taken shelter under Your lotus-feet, which rid one of transmigration, now that this demon a thorn in the heart of pious souls, has been disposed of by You. The Yaksas said : Wem, who are well-known as the chiefamong Your servants by virtue of (our) agreeable actions, had hitherto been reduced to the position of mere palanquin. bearers by Hiranyakasipu (Dill's son). He, however, has (now) been put to death by you, O Narasirhha, the Controller of the twenty-four categories[1] , knowing as You did the agony caused to the people by him. The Kimpurusas said : We are Kimpurusas (insignificant creatures), while You are the almighty Supreme Person. This wretched fellow was no more (even) when he was reproached by pious souls. The Vaitalikas said : Celebrating as we did Your untarnished glory in assemblies and sacrificial sessions, we used to receive great honours (and handsome fees). This extremely wicked fellow, who had stopped it, has luckily been got rid of by You, O Lord, even ass malady. The Kinnaras said : We, hosts of Kinnaras, (who are) Your servants, O Master, were constantly made to do unpaid labour by this Hiranyakasipu (son of Diti). That wicked fellow, O Hari, has been slain by You. Make for our prosperity (henceforward), O Lord Narasimha. The attendants of Lord Visnu said : It is but today that this weird form of Yours, half lion, half man, which is a source of happiness to all the world, has been beheld by us, O Lord affording protection (to all) ! This demon was (none but) Your servant, cursed by the Brahmanas (Sanaka and others). (Hence) we know this death of his as an instrument of Your grace (on him).

Thus ends the eighth discourse, entitled "Lord Nrsimha extolled on the death of Hiranyakasipu

(the demon king)", forming part of the Narrative of Prahrada in Book Seven of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known

as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


  1. Mula Prakrti (Primordial Matter), the Mahat-tattva (the principle of cosmic intelligence), Ahankara (the Ego), the five subtle elements, the ten Indriyas and the mind and the five gross elements: these are the twenty-four categories Into which the whole range of objective existence has been broadly divided by the Sankhya system of philosophy. God or the Spirit, who controls all these, is the tweny-fifth. This classification has been followed more or less by the other systems too.

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