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Narasimha. Hampee of Beejanuggur. [Monolithic figure of Narasimha, on the road between Hampi and Vijayanagar.]

Narasimha. Hampee of Beejanuggur. [Monolithic figure of Narasimha, on the road between Hampi and Vijayanagar.]

Photographer: Biggs, Thomas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 208/(5)

Item number: 2085

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a monolithic figure of Narasimha, on the road between Hampi and Vijayanagara in Karnataka, taken by Thomas Biggs in 1855. This huge free-standing monolithic statue represents Narasimha, the lion-man incarnation of Vishnu, seated beneath a multi-headed serpent. It is about 6.7 metres (22 feet) high and was donated by Krishnadeva Raya in 1528. Vishnu had assumed the aspect of a Lion Man to kill the demon Hiranyakashipu who had banned the cult of Vishnu amongsts the Hindus.

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