Lord Narasimha Narsingh Jayanti 2022: Hiranyakashyap had got a boon from Brahma that he was neither on earth nor in the sky, neither inside nor outside, neither morning nor night, neither gods nor demons, neither monkeys nor humans, He can neither kill with a weapon nor with a weapon. Due to this boon, he had become autocratic. Under his rule, whoever worshiped Lord Vishnu was punished.
His son Prahlad was a great devotee of Shri Hari Vishnu. When Hiranyakashipu came to know about this, he became very angry and tried to convince Prahlad, but still when Prahlad did not agree, Hiranyakashipu ordered him to be executed.
Every time Prahlad was saved by the grace and miracle of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu’s sister Holika, who had the boon of not burning with fire, sat in the blazing fire with Prahlad. Even then, by the grace of Lord Vishnu, Prahlad was saved and Holika was burnt. When Hiranyakashipu was about to kill Prahlad himself, Lord Vishnu appeared from the pillar in the form of Narasimha and killed Hiranyakashipu with his nails.
Hiranyakashipu could not kill the devotee Prahlad even after all kinds of efforts, so he himself thought of killing Prahlad. Caught Prahlad and brought him to the Raj Bhavan and he said that you say that your Vishnu is everywhere, so is it even in this pillar? Prahlad says yes. Then Hiranyakashipu kicks the pole and then strikes the pole with his mace. Then Lord Vishnu taking the incarnation of Narasimha appeared from the pillar and there was fear all around.
Then Shri Hari Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha and picked up Hiranyakashipu and they took him to the threshold of the palace. There was neither day nor night at that time. Sri Hari hit him neither on earth nor in the sky, nor with a weapon, nor with any weapon, but sitting on the threshold and placing it on his thigh, he cut Hiranyakashipu’s chest with his nails.
1. It is a popular belief that that broken pillar still exists today. It is said that the place exists in Sikligarh of Banmankhi block of Purnia district of Bihar where the demon Hiranyakashipu was killed.
2. In the Sikligarh fort of Hiranyakashipu, Lord Vishnu’s Narasimha incarnation took place from a pillar to protect the devotee Prahlad. That pillar is still present there, which is called Manikya Pillar. There is also Prahlad Stambha Development Trust for the maintenance of the Manikya Pillar.
3. It is said that attempts were made to break this pillar many times, although he bowed in this undertaking but did not break. The people here say that the mention of this pillar is found in the eighth chapter of the seventh wing of the Bhagavata Purana.
4. A river named Hiran flows at some distance from this pillar. It is said that by putting a stone in the hole of the Narasimha pillar, that stone reaches the deer river. Although now no one knows whether this happens or not.
5. The specialty of this place is that Holi is played here with ash and soil. It is said that when Holika got burnt and the devotee Prahlad came back safely from the pyre, people celebrated happiness by applying ashes and mud on each other. The area is dominated by the Musahar caste, whose surname is ‘Rishideva’.
6. There is a huge temple here which is called the temple of Bhimeshwar Mahadev. It was here that Hiranyakashipu did severe penance. According to legend, Hiranyakashipu’s brother Hiranyaksha was the king of Barah region. This area now falls in Nepal.
Ugra stambha: Similarly, such a pillar is said to exist at Ahobalam or Ahobilam near Kurnool. Ahobala Narasimha Temple is located in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. The Fiery Pillar is a natural rock set amidst the Nallamala forest in Upper Ahobilam town of Andhra Pradesh. The trail leading here is also a pilgrimage route as it is believed that Lord Narasimha appeared here.