Jwala Narasimha – About Jwala Narasimha form of Lord Vishnu

One of the most popular murtis of Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu is called Jwala Narasimha. This is the most fierce form of Narasimha. In this posture, he is tearing the body of demon Hiranyakashipu. Fire emanates from the body and hence the name Jwala Narasimha.

Jwala Narasimha murti is depicted with four arms. Hiranyakashipu lies on the lap of the murti. Two hands are tearing the body of the demon.

If we look carefully at the murti, one can find young Prahlada standing with folded hands.

The murti is worshipped mainly in temples in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

The most important Jwala Narasimha temples are located in Upper Ahobilam, Yadagirigutta and in Bidar.

At Yadagirigutta  in Telangana, Jwala Narasimha is depicted as carving on a rock. The murti is associated with a serpent that looks like a flame.