Yoga Lakshminarasimha

Unusual Lakshminarasimha, with Lakshmi (his consort) on his left lap and Prahalad on his right lap. Prahalad, whose hands are in Anjali mudra, is the unusual aspect. The yogapatta can be seen between Prahalad and Lakshmi’s feet.

Narasimha is protected by the five-hooded Cobra. In this case. Narasimha is sitting on a mound and the cobra’s body coils around the mound. Narasimha’s rear hands are holding Shankha and Chakra. The ornamentation is simple.

The artist has made sure the bared teeth are visible, to emphasize the Simha (lion) aspect of him. Despite the bared teeth, the overall impression the Vigraha generates is one of benevolence and protection. See Narasimha’s lower hand holding Prahalad and Lakshmi in place.

Prahalad, a son of Hiranyakasipu, is a strong devotee of Vishnu. Vishnu took Narasimha avatar to protect Prahalad and to vanquish Hiranyakasipu.

One of the distinct features of folk bronzes is the absence of ‘filters’ between the artist’s imagination and expression. Here is one great example where the expression is true.

This Vigraha is, most likely, from the Central Deccan area and possibly from the Telugu speaking part of it. This may be dated to the nineteenth century or a bit earlier. It measures about 12.5 cm in height.

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