Narasimha stone statue at Hampi

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This is one of the 4 cards I received from Smitha from India. 🙂

Narasimha is an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu and one of Hinduism’s most popular deities. Narasimha is often visualised as half-man/half-lion, having a human-like torso and lower body, with a lion-like face and claws. (If I have to be perfectly honest, I think it looks more like a frog, not so much like a lion.) This image is widely worshipped in deity form by a significant number of Vaishnava groups. He is known primarily as the ‘Great Protector’ who specifically defends and protects his devotees in times of need.

This particular statue is located in Hampi – village in northern Karnataka state, India. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi.

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