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Hiranyakashipu / हिरण्यकशिपु

  • Name of a Daitya (Daemon) king, son of Kashyap by his wife Diti, and the twin-brother of Hiranyaksh.
  • Hiranyakashipu had obtained a boon from Brahma that he should not be slain by either god or man or animal, by night or by day, hence he be-came all-powerful.
  • He prohibited his subjects from talking or thinking of Vishnu, who he hated, specially more so after Vishnu had killed his brother Hiranyaksh.
  • When, however, his pious son Prahlad praised Vishnu, Hiranyakashipu tried to kill him.
  • Vishnu then took on his fourth incarnation. He appeared out of a pillar at twilight, in the form of Narasimha, half man, half lion, and tore Hiranyakashipu to pieces.