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Hymn of Narasirhha
1-2Suta said: -O Saunaka, now I shall narrate the hymn to Narasima, as composed by diva. The Matrikas of yore addressed the blissful one (Sankara) as follows: -we shall devour, O lord, all the demons and men, it you so permit us. The universe is from thee, O lord.
3Sankara said: -O you goddesses, I think it is rather incumbent on you to preserve the inmates of the universe; banish, 0 goddesses, these cruel intentions from your minds.
4Suta said: -Even thus being addressed by Sankara, the ferocious Matrikas paid no heed to his counsels and began to devour the universe with all its inmates, both mobile and immobile.
5The god Siva meditated upon the form of Narsirmha while the Matrikas were engaged in devouring the universe. The endless and origin less Siva contemplated a form which inspired terror in the hearts of all creatures.
6The manes of his neck stood up erect on their ends. His dreadful teeth were illuminated with the lurid light of his lightning tongue, which fearfully lolled out. His was a voice which resembled the roar of the seven oceans, agitated by the tornado of universal dissolution. He pulled aside the comers of his lips with the tips of hjs finger-nails, which were hard as thunder-bolts. His eyes had a glow, which resembled that of the summits of the mount Meru reflecting back the splendour of the rising sun.
7His body was like the summit of the Himalayas, illuminated with the reflected blaze of his diabolical teeth. The manes on his neck were burning, like the tongues of fire, with rage. He wore a crown of gold on his head· and bracelets of gems round his wrists.
8Girdles composed of chains of gold decorated his waist, and the whole expanse of universe was illumined with the glow of his complexion, which was like the colour of a blue lotus.
9Ringlets of hairs grew on his body, and he wore a garland of beautiful and milti-coloured flowers.
10-11The god, thus meditated upon by Sankara, instantly appeared before him in this form, and Sankara propitiated this dreadful Vision of Narashimha.
12Sankara said: -Salutation unto thee, the lord of the universe. Thou hast assumed the form on Narasimha and bearest the entrails of the demon king on thy fingernails.
13Obeisance to thee, the lotus-naveled one, whose complexion illumines the whole expanse of the universe. Obeisance to thee, the beautiful one, effulgent as a million suns, and whose voice is like the roar of the universal ocean of dissolution.
14-17I make obeisance to thee, who art dreaded by thousands of-the lords of death, who bearest the strength of thousand Indras in they limbs, whose riches exceed those of thousands of Kuberas, who art composed of the essence of thousands of Varunas, who art effulgent with the effulgence of thousands of moons, who art mightier than thousands of planets and thousands of Rudras, art hymnised by thousands of Brahmas and meditated upon by thousands of Rudras, and looked up to by thousands of Indras, and dost snap the chords of thousands of rebirths and unfetter the chains of thousands of bondage; dreadful as thousands of winds thou dost compassion to thousands of lndras. Suta said: -Having thus hymnised the Narasimha-shaped Hari, the god Siva, devoutly bent down, addressed him as follows:
18-19Suta said: -The Matrikas, whom I had created for the purpose of killing the demon, Andhaka, are now devouring the inmates of the universe without paying heed to my admonition. Invincible though I am, yet I do not wish to kill them myself, as it is I who have brought them into being. How can I wish their annihilation, when I am their creator?
20-22Suta said: -Having been thus addressed by Rudra, the lord (Nrsirhha) caused the Matikas to be merged in his person, and having reestablished peace in this world, vanished in the air. The self-controlled votary, who reads this hymn to Nrsirhha, is enabled, like Rudra, to witness the realization of his desires.
23″I meditate upon Nrsirhha, whose eyes are like the rising sun, and tongues of blazing fire are emitted from whose lotus-white mouth. I meditate upon the endless, origin less Narasimha, the original subjectivity, the most excellent lord of the universe and its final refuge.”
24Recitation of this hymn by a person dissipates his misery as the sun destroys the dews. The Matrikas fly the presence of such a person, and the god Hara waits upon him to do him a good turn.
25The destroyer of Tripura (Siva) first promulgated the worship of Nrsimha, the lord of the Gods, in this world, and was enabled to protect its inmates from the depredating of the Matrikas, through his grace.