By Dhruva Gorrick
Book Dimensions: 13" x 15"
Book Weight: 6 lbs
Hardback with dustjacket, 224 pages with color pictures on each page
Lord Narasimha is known as the divine protector and remover of all
spiritual obstacles. As explained in the Foreword, He appeared in the
form of a half-man/ half lion incarnation of Vishnu to protect and save
His devotee Prahlad, who was only a young boy at the time. Prahlad's
father, Hiranyakashipu, was perhaps the most heinous demon-king that
ever lived, and Narasimhadeva's destruction of this demon speaks to the
power of good over evil, or righteousness over iniquity.
Narasimhadeva is worshiped and celebrated throughout India, mainly
due to the fact that He is considered as the supreme divine protector,
something appreciated by all traditions regardless of sectarian
affiliation. Although Hindus tend to create a hierarchy of gods and
often debate who among Them is actually the greatest, Narasimhadeva is
respected by all Indic traditions equally, both in India and in other
parts of Asia. As the divine protector and remover of obstacles, He is
seen as Ganesh's supreme counterpart. While Ganesh removes material
obstacles, Narasimha can even remove spiritual ones.
For the past 18 years I have been traveling around India in search of
the lost and unknown temples of Lord Narasimha. When I began my search,
many told me that His temples were only located in one particular
region of the subcontinent (Andhra Pradesh). While this initially seemed
to be true, I gradually found out that He revealed Himself in many
forms and temples throughout the country. From the Himalaya mountains to
the deepest, dangerous jungles of South India and the deserts of
Rajasthan — there He was in all His glory.
Some of the temples were difficult to find. But I was determined to
not give up and always prayed to Him for direction. While on buses,
trains, rickshaws, or walking on the road, I would follow any and every
lead, however slight it might have been. Sometimes I would meet someone
who spoke just enough English to tell me about a temple they knew, or
they would take me to someone who they thought could help me. It was as
if the Lord Himself was mapping out my path through all these wonderful,
kind people that almost mystically came my way.
The temples were often in out-of-the-way place, too. Most of them
were on top of hills, mountains or in caves surrounded by jungles that
were home to tigers, bears, and cobras.
the art, paintings, carvings, temples, deities, temple grounds, priests
and just anything to do with Him, I knew this would be extremely
valuable to my peers and future generations. My mission became clear: To
write about these wonderlands of Narasimha and create a book of all His
temples, His devotees, His ritual and His Art — a book about Narasimha