Prahlada

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Mythology

Facts of Prahlada –
* In Puranas, there was 
a mention of saintly boy who has a great bhakti towards Vishnu.
* Prahlad was born to Kayadu and Hiranyakashipu.. They had four
sons namely Saṁhlada,
Anuhlada, Hlada and Prahlada. They also had one daughter, whose name was Siṁhika.
* Father Hiranyakashipu was an evil king ( worshipper of Shiva)
who had been granted a boon that he could not be killed by man or animal,day or
night,inside or outside.
* Prahlad continues to worship Lord Vishnu despite several
warnings from his father Hiranyakashipu.
*Father tried to poison Prahlad,trampled him with elephants and
even put him in a room filled with venomous snakes, but each time he survived.
* According to Hindu mythology, Narada taught him Narayana
mantras, when Prahlad was his mother’s womb.Since then Prahlad became a great
devotee of Lord Vishnu.
* Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashipu was blessed that she
could not be hurt by fire.Hiranyakashipu puts Prahlad in the lap of Holika
,when she sits on a pyre. Prahlad remained safe as he prayed Vishnu to keep him
safe where as Holika has been burnt to death. This event marks the Holy
festival.
*Sikkism also believes that Prahlada was a devotee of
Paramatma, supreme God or Wahe Guru. In Guru Granth Sahib, Prahlad was
mentioned in 27 times.
*Simhachalam,Ahobilam and Kadiri are the places in Andhra
Pradesh, where there are religious pilgrimage centres related with Prahlad or
Narasimhadeva.
*Bhakta Prahlada is the first Telugu full length talkie movie
made by HM Reddy in the year 1932.
* Research sources reveal that Prahlada’s son was known as
Virocana, and his grandson was known as Bali Maharaja. Bali Maharaja had one
hundred sons, of whom Bana was the eldest.
*One fine day, father Hiranyakashipu challenged his son Prahlad
to prove that his God lies everywhere. From one of the pillar, Vishnu appeared
in the form of Narasimha.Half of his body was of a lion and other half
resembled  like a man. When evil King
attacked Narasimha Swamy with mace, the God took hold of him and sat on the
entrance of the court room placing Hiranyakashipu’s body on his thighs during
twilight and killed him with his nails piercing into his stomach. 


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