APART FROM BEING ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STUTIS DEDICATED TO BHAGAVAN SHREE NARASIMHA, THE FOLLOWING 10 VERSES BY SHREE TIRUMANGAI-ALWAR ALSO ACT AS KAVACHA AND UPAYA AGAINST ALL EVILS! DON'T HESITATE TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DAILY SADHANA!
Introductory note by professor R.Vasantha: "The Nalayira Divya Prabhandham contains more than 75 verses on Lord Narasimha by various Alvars and out of them ten by Tirumangai Alvar are specifically on Sri Ahobila Narasimha. The poems of Tirumangai Alvar are given below":
1. When Hiranyakasipu, feared by all in this beautiful wide world, challenged his son Prahlada to show Lord Vishnu in a particular pillar in his audience hall, God, Who is Ever Pure, appeared out of it and tore into two his chest with His Sharp Nails.
That Narasimha now resides in Singa-Vel-Kunram where lions with angry eyes pay obeisance to Him by offering Him the ivory tusks of elephants killed by them.
2. Hiranyakasipu, who was known for his inhuman cruelty, was torn to pieces by Narasimha of Incomparable Mettle, exhibiting His Wrath through His Twisting Tongue and Shining Fangs.
That Narasimha now resides in Singa-Vel-Kunram which resounds to the noise of trumpets and the twang of bows of the local hunters way laying the pilgrims to the shrine (The dangers faced by pilgrims in the days of the Alvars are truly protrayed by Shree Tirumangai Alwar here).
3. Narasimha of Unparalleled Heroism, with a Fitting Wide Mouth and Sword-Like Sharp Teeth reduced to smithereens the body of Hiranya which had grown amply.
That Lord now resides in Singa-Vel-Kunram which is characterised by nothing but animals getting tired by roaming on the hard surface, broken small hills and bamboos destroyed by forest fires. (The weird environment is as fascinating to the Alvar as the charming groves with buzzing bees and dancing peacocks elsewhere).
4. Lord Narasimha made a prey to His Adamantine Nails the body of Hiranya who with his lethal lance was an enemy of Vishnu-bhaktas.
He now resides in Singa-Vel-Kunram, which, because of devouring dogs, preying eagles, the fierce heat of the midday sun and whirlwinds is accessible to none but gods. (The Alvar is happy that it is inaccessible to hostile elements with malevolent intents).
5. The Pearless Lord Narasimha with His Fearful Jaw and Sword-Sharp Teeth had a relatively light task of disposing of Hiranya who was practically dead out of dread.
He now resides in Singa-Vel-Kunram where the blazing reddish forest fire spreads to the skies assisted by the whirlwind.
6. "What kind of strange form is this Man-Lion with Gleaming Greenish Eyes and Glowing Jaw containing Flashing Fangs!" thus exclaiming, the gods ran helter-skelter unsteadily in fright.
That Lord of all now resides in Singa-Vel-Kunram where tigers look for the pug marks of their prey, the elephants, among the large tracts of dense bamboo bushes.
7. The denizens of the three worlds were filled with dire apprehension that the universe would come to an end because the increasing fire of Lord Narasimha began burning the skies.
He now resides in Singa-Vel-Kunram which is full of the noise of bursting stones burnt by forest fires and the more firce hunters roaming with their bows.
8. Brahma and Siva continuously and by turns extol the Unrivalled Lord Narasimha in an appropriate manner till their tongues become thick with fatigue.
That Lord now resides in Singa-Vel-Kunram where the dried up fruits of Vahai trees make a rattling noise in the wind, while the tall pipe like bamboos, emerging amidst stones, rub against each other, brightening the sky with the resultant fire.
9. O my benign mind! Let us worship Bhagavan Shree Narasimha, Who is our own Lord, Who is enfolding MahaLakshmi on His side, Who is endowed with 1000 Arms, and Who is now residing in Singa-Vel-Kunram where the growing trees break through rocks with their spreading roofs, where the palm leaves restle and crikets screech unceasingly.
10. Those mastering these verses by the generous Alvar, a master of Tamil poetry and Ruler of Tirumangai, ever blessed by Vaishnava-Shree (Shreemati MahaLakshmi-Devi), wearing a garland attended by buzzing bees. By the Grace of that Lord NaraSimha they will never face evil and derive only all auspicious benefits.
"AHOBILAM SRI NARASIMHA SWAMY TEMPLE" by Prof. R. Vasantha,
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati 2001 (page 170) -
OCR by Vishnudut1926, March 2018