Aihole Durga Temple: Narasimhavatara, the fourth avatar of Vishnu

Narasimhavatara installed in a devakoshta of the Durga Temple located in Aihole, Karnataka, India

Narasimhavatara, the fourth avatar of Vishnu

Narasimhavatara, the fourth avatar of Vishnu
The image shows a large-size sculpture depicting Narasimhavatara, the fourth of the ten avatars of Vishnu, installed in one of the six devakoshtas (niches) built into the inner wall of the pradakshina patha (clockwise circumambulation path) of the Durga Temple at Aihole, about 22 miles northeast of Badami in Karnataka, India.

In this avatar, Vishnu has a man’s torso with a lion’s face and claws. He adopted this form to kill an asura named Hiranyakashipu, who wanted to take revenge on Vishnu for killing his brother Hiranyaksha in his previous avatar, Varahavatara.

The story of Narasimhavara is depicted in the Ugra Narasimha relief carved in the outer wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple.

Here is the list of sculptures in the six devakoshtas of the Durga Temple:
South corridor
1. East: Shiva with his vehicle Nandi
2. Middle: Narasimhavatara, the fourth avatar of Vishnu – Current Devakoshta
3. West: Vishnu riding Garuda

North corridor
4. West: Varahavatara, the third avatar of Vishnu
5. Middle: Durga as Mahishasuramardini (Slayer of Mahishasura)
6. East: Harihara

Narasimhavatara Related Images
Narasimhavatara carved in Cave – 3, the third of the four rock-cut caves of Badami
Vishnu’s incarnation Narasimha slaying Hiranyakashipu carved in the outer wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple
Lakshmi – Narasimha mounted on the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple
Ugra Narasimha carved in the lintel of the south garbhagriha door of the Kappe Chennigaraya Temple in Belur
Dashavatara (Ten Incarnations of Vishnu) painted on the ceiling of Hampi Virupaksha Temple

Related Pages
Durga Temple at Aihole
Badami, Cave – 1, Cave – 2, Cave – 3, Cave – 4
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Masterpiece of Hoysala Temple Art
Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals

Copyright © 2021 by Lawrence Rodrigues. All rights reserved.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.