Badami Cave – 3: Narasimhavatara

Sculptural relief depicting Narasimhavatara, fourth of the ten avatars of Vishnu, carved in Cave - 3 of the Badami Caves in Karnataka, India

Narasimhavatara

Narasimhavatara
The image shows a large-size sculptural relief depicting Narasimhavatara, the fourth of the ten avatars of Vishnu, carved on the left side wall of the mukhamantapa (verandah) of Cave 3.

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

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

Narasimhavatara Related Images
Vishnu’s incarnation Narasimha slaying Hiranyakashipu carved on the outer wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple
Lakshmi – Narasimha carved on the outer wall of the Somanathapura Keshava Temple
Ugra Narasimha carved on 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
Badami, Cave – 1, Cave – 2, Cave – 3, Cave – 4
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Masterpiece of Hoysala Temple Art
Hampi Virupaksha Temple Murals

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