Prahlada Charitram from Narayaneeyam

Sri Gurubhyo Namaha narasimha-prahlada

Jetlagged due to travel, I sat up re-listening and re-reading some verses from the Narayaneeyam Dashakams 24, 25 describing Narasimhavatara and Prahladacharitra. Those that I most wish to remember are submitted here

  • Prasad

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अधीतेषु श्रेष्ठं किमिति परिपृष्टेऽथ तनये
भवद्भक्तिं वर्यामभिगदति पर्याकुलधृति: ।
“Once when the son was asked to tell which was the best lesson he had learnt, he
replied promptly that devotion to the Lord was the greatest of all.”
स शूलैराविद्ध: सुबहु मथितो दिग्गजगणै-
र्महासर्पैर्दष्टोऽप्यनशनगराहारविधुत: ।
गिरीन्द्रवक्षिप्तोऽप्यहह! परमात्मन्नयि विभो
त्वयि न्यस्तात्मत्वात् किमपि न निपीडामभजत ॥७॥
Oh Lord Supreme ! Prahlada was pierced by sharp weapons; he was trampled upon by
hosts of elephants of the quarters, many a time; he was bitten by huge poisonous
snakes; he was starved at times and given poison to eat; he was even pushed down
from the highest mountaintops. None of these harmed Prahlaada as he was resigned completely in You! 
पिता शृण्वन् बालप्रकरमखिलं त्वत्स्तुतिपरं
रुषान्ध: प्राहैनं कुलहतक कस्ते बलमिति ।
बलं मे वैकुण्ठस्तव च जगतां चापि स बलं
स एव त्रैलोक्यं सकलमिति धीरोऽयमगदीत् ॥९॥
Having heard that Prahlada was inculcating Bhakti towards You in the daityas, Hiranyakashipu angrily asked “Who is your strength and support?” Prahlada replied ” Vishnu, the lord of Vaikunta, was his support and that he was the support of you also, and even the whole world; in fact Vishnu, himself was the three worlds”
अरे क्वासौ क्वासौ सकलजगदात्मा हरिरिति
प्रभिन्ते स्म स्तंभं चलितकरवालो दितिसुत: ।
अत: पश्चाद्विष्णो न हि वदितुमीशोऽस्मि सहसा
कृपात्मन् विश्वात्मन् पवनपुरवासिन् मृडय माम् ॥१०॥
Then, Diti’s son, Hiranyakasipu, overcome by rage, shouting repeatedly, where was that Hari, who was said to be the soul of the whole Universe, swung his sword and struck the pillar in front of him, breaking it in two. Oh Thou Soul of Mercy ! Oh Thou Soul of the Whole World ! Oh Thou Omnipresent enshrined in Guruvayur ! I am unable to continue with this narration. Please bear with me and give me solace
उत्सर्पद्वलिभङ्गभीषणहनु ह्रस्वस्थवीयस्तर-
ग्रीवं पीवरदोश्शतोद्गतनखक्रूरांशुदूरोल्बणम् ।
व्योमोल्लङ्घि घनाघनोपमघनप्रध्वाननिर्धावित-
स्पर्धालुप्रकरं नमामि भवतस्तन्नारसिंहं वपु: ॥४॥
Oh Lord ! I prostrate before that Narasimha form of Thine which is a fusion of man and lion; the fierce looking jaw, criss crossed by swollen nerve ends, seeming to tear the cheeks apart, the short, stout neck, the hundreds of strong hands with pointed claws, emitting fiery rays, the terrible roar like that of thunder clouds, driving away the enemies; I bow down to all these divine features of Thy Narasimha form.
भूयोऽप्यक्षतरोषधाम्नि भवति ब्रह्माज्ञया बालके
प्रह्लादे पदयोर्नमत्यपभये कारुण्यभाराकुल: ।
शान्तस्त्वं करमस्य मूर्ध्नि समधा: स्तोत्रैरथोद्गायत-
स्तस्याकामधियोऽपि तेनिथ वरं लोकाय चानुग्रहम् ॥९॥
[Even after vanquishing Hiranyakashipu] As Thy anger remained unabated, the child, Prahlada, at the instance of Brahma, prostrated at Thy feet, without fear. Thou, with Thy heart filled with compassion, calmed down and placing Thy hand on his head, blessed him. To him who was singing Thy hymns of praise, without any desire for favours, Thou granted the boon of steadfast devotion, and Thy blessing to the world

एवं नाटितरौद्रचेष्टित विभो श्रीतापनीयाभिध-
श्रुत्यन्तस्फ़ुटगीतसर्वमहिमन्नत्यन्तशुद्धाकृते ।
तत्तादृङ्निखिलोत्तरं पुनरहो कस्त्वां परो लङ्घयेत्
प्रह्लादप्रिय हे मरुत्पुरपते सर्वामयात्पाहि माम् ॥१०॥

Oh Lord Omnipresent ! Thou who played this dreadful drama, Thou whose glory is sung lucidly in the Tapaneeya Upanishad, Thou of extremely pure form, Who can surpass Thee, who art matchless and the most exalted among all. Oh Guruvayurappa !, Beloved of Prahlada ! May Thou protect me from all maladies
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Nearly all gists are copied from – https://sanskritdocuments.org/sites/completenarayaneeyam/NarayaneeyamEng_09022014.pdf
– Prasad
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