The handpicked bronze sculpture that you see on this page depicts the Vishnu-avatara Lord Narasimha seated in lalitasana. On His lap is the petite and gentle Devi Lakshmi, His wife. Note the striking contrast between the fierce demeanour of Lord Narasimha and the graceful composure of Devi Lakshmi. There is meaning in that - myth has it that the ardour of Narasimha was cooled only in the proximity of Devi Lakshmi. Their union is indicative of divine harmony. She is the presiding deity over wealth and resources, things which are indispensable to the process of preservation, over which Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity
The Narasimha-Lakshmi ensemble is rested on the coils of Sheshanaga, the serpent (‘naga’) named Shesha, who is an integral part of Vaishnavite iconography. Upon an upturned lotus throne poised upon the coils of Sheshanaga, while His multitudinous hoods rise above and behind Him like a living, breathing, deadly aureole.
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