Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Narasimha Puranam Full Audio – 1 of 3


After the recitation and recording of the entire Kalika Puranam and Vishnu Puranam in this blog, there developed an intense desire to recite and record the entire Narasimha Puranam and make it available to all devotees so the feeling of being an audience to the Rishi Himself is obtained. By the Divine Will of Sri Lord Narasimha and All the Elevated Souls, here is the Original Entire Narasimha Puranam recited in beautiful Sanskrit for the common good of all. This set of 3 posts represents a major entry in this blog. This effort has taken a long time to complete.


This entry is especially useful if one wants to undertake a “Shravana Vratam” ( loosely defined as an “auspicious austere offering of devotion by listening” ) to Lord Narasimha by listening to the entire Puranam. Or one could listen to individual chapters here and there depending upon one’s inclination. As in other audio in this blog site, this is a humble offering by Adiyen- the humble servant here  – the audio is not professionally recorded. In fact, it has been recorded in a factory environment; as such due to interruptions, the recitation pitch may vary and there may be background noise. 


The Narasimha Avataram is the shortest of all avatarams of Maha Vishnu. Unlike Rama Avataram or Krishna Avataram, the MAIN focus here is the Destruction of the Asura Hiranyakashipu for the protection of Prahlada, the Great Devotee. As such, Lord Narasimha represents INTENSE energy, INTENSE emotional state and Absolute Protection At All Costs. That being said, one needs to have a highly respectful posture during the worship of Lord Narasimha. There have been amazing things experienced by people, one of which is described in the write-up here.


And now the details. 

Compared with others, this is a relatively shorter Puranam. This presentation comprises of 3,476 verses covering 68 chapters. Because of the sheer volume, there are a total of 3 parts here. The total hours of audio ends up being 9 hours, 22 minutes and 27 seconds. 

If one is simply listening for heavenly pleasure or for individual meritorious chapters, then individual chapters may be listened to. However, if a “vratam” is undertaken ( either with a formal “sankalpam”(vow) or simply a mental desire ) , then one needs to plan ahead. The vratam can be planned to be completed in 68 days at the rate of one chapter a day or in 34 days at the rate of 2 chapters a day or in 4 weekends at the rate of 17 chapters every weekend or any other time combination period. 

Extended periods are not preferred because so many worldly hurdles may crop up thereby introducing anxiety. It is advisable to peruse through FIRST by way of timing of each section, listen to one or two chapters and plan well in advance and of course pray for the success of the mission.

As in other Puranams in this blog, the number of shlokams and the audio time of each chapter is given individually. A very brief description of each chapter is also given, so one has some idea of what is being listened to. While listening, because of the tremendous level of peace that ensues, the body may tend to get so relaxed that one might fall asleep; to avoid this, please ensure plenty of sleep is given to the body ahead of time. To get the most benefit, try to pay attention to the words even if not fully understood. Understanding is great but not necessary; devotion is more important.


One MUST sit and listen; per Srimad Devi Bhagawatham, one cannot lie down and listen, unless you are sick and / or handicapped. One needs to shower clean, ( if showering cannot be done because of sickness, apply Thiru Namam, Vibhuti or Kumkumam ), wear clean clothes and light a lamp and offer something to Lord Narasimha every day that the vratam is followed; it could be some formal food, fruits, raisins, milk or at least some sugar. 

If you are listening in the car, then a chapter CANNOT be stopped without completing completely, even if your “destination” has been reached. Please offer the HIGHEST level of Respect and Devotion that is possible. This is a POWERFUL treatise, full of POTENT mantras and should NOT be taken lightly.

Because Lord Narasimha is of Extreme High Energy, women who choose to undertake the vratam should NOT continue during days of “cycles”; they are hereby advised to pause during such times or try to schedule ahead of time to avoid such periods completely.

The presentation here is ONLY the original Sanskrit shlokams that are hundreds of years old and no copyrights cover these. If interested in knowing the meanings of these shlokams, there are some wonderful Books available: (a) for English translation one is highly recommended to purchase the Book “Narasimha Puranam – Sanskrit with English Translation  Edited by K.L.Joshi and Bindiya Trivedi” by Parimal Publications – this is available from http://exoticindiaart.com  – the ISBN is: 978-81-7110-222-8 (b) Translations in other languages may also be available.  

This is stated only as a reference and helpful suggestion; there is NO financial commissions, incentives or commercial motivation behind these recommendations - NOTHING. These publishers are performing Divine Service by translating these ancient gems of shlokams. If any Book is purchased, one must place the Book with reverence in a sacred area since it contains Divine mantras and represents the Deity Himself.

Downloading Files Note: This note is NOT repeated in the other parts of this set.

NOTE: BECAUSE SOME OF THE AUDIO FILES IN CHAPTERS ARE VERY LARGE FILES, YOU WILL HAVE TO DOWNLOAD AND THEN LISTEN. On mobile devices and some computers, you may get the message -- This file is too large for Google to scan, download anyway? -- You will have to answer "YES" and then listen after download. 

On some computers, when you hit the play button, if nothing seems to happen, click the Download arrow at the top, click download anyway and then listen. Sorry for the inconvenience -- but these are big files and praise to Sri Lord Narasimha- His Grace is magnificent !

( Mobile devices: click download; then play.)

And Now the Audio of Sri Narasimha Puranam:


 Ch 1: Introduction and the Universe: 12.1 MB – 67 Verses – 10 mins 37 sec

After prayers to Lord Narayana and Goddess Saraswathi, Sage Bharadwaja requests Rishi Lomaharshana Suta to explain about Lord Narasimha, creation of the Universe, lineage of kings, various time periods, holy places, etc. Sage Suta starts by explaining about the five elements, their qualities, the cosmic egg, etc.

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Ch 2: Measurements of Time: 5.6 MB – 28 Verses – 4 mins 42 sec

From seconds ( Nimesha ) to yugas, Suta explains time measures. Seventy One sets of four yugas form a Manvantara. ( Incidentally, the current is the Vaivaswata Manvantara ).  One thousand sets of four yugas form a day of Brahma.

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Ch 3: Primary Creation: 5.3 MB – 29 Verses – 4 mins 53 sec

Creation of Rudra, Tamas ( ignorance ), Mahamoha ( passion ), Tamisra ( anger ), etc and wombs of beings such as Tiryagyonis, and Sargas such as Deva Sarga, Anugraha Sarga, etc are described.

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Ch 4: Secondary Creation: 2.1 MB – 9 Verses – 1 mins 53 sec

Creation of the first Rishis namely Marichi, Atri,  Angira, Pulaha, Kratu, Pulastya, Pracheta, Bhrugu, Narada and Vasishta. Prajapati Daksha born from right side of Brahma had daughters.

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Ch 5: Secondary Creation Continued: 12.3 MB – 67 Verses – 10 mins 28 sec

Rudra split Himself into a male part and a female part and Vinayaka and Skanda were created. Manu Svayambhuva had Satarupa as His wife and gave rise to sons Priyavrata and Uttanapada and a daughter Prasuti who was married off to Daksha Prajapati. Daksha and Prasuti produced 24 daughters whose names were: Sradhdha, Lakshmi, Dhrti, Tushti, Pushti, Medha, Kriya, Budhdhi, Lajja, Vapu, Shanthi, Sidhdhi, Keerthi, Sambhuthi, Anusuya, Smrti, Preethi, Kshama, Sannathi, Satya, Turya, Khyaathi, Svaahaa and Svadhaa.

These daughters were married off to various Rishis; of great importance is Sambhuthi married to Marichi who produced Kashyapa and Smrti married to Angiraa who produced 4 daughters, namely Sinivali, Kuhu, Raka and Anumati. The daughter Anusuya married to Sage Atri gave birth to Soma, Durvasa and Dattatreya.

Daksha Prajapati had produced sixty daughters of which twenty seven were given to Chandra ( Moon ) and the rest to various sages.

Of special importance are the names of Daksha’s daughters who became wives of Sage Kashyapa: Aditi, Diti, Danu, Arista, Surasaa, Svasaa, Surabhi, Vinataa, Kadru, Taamraa, Krodhavasa, Ira and Muni. Aditi is considered the Mother of the Gods and Diti the mother of demons.

Aditi and Kashyapa produced Bharga, Amsu, Aruaman, Mitra, Varuna, Savita, Dhaataa, Vivasvaan, Tvashta, Pusha, Indra and Vishnu. Diti produced the two demons Hiranyaakshaa and Hiranyakashipu, the first one killed by Lord Varaahaa and the second by Lord Narasimha.

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Ch 6: Birth of Sage Agastya and Sage Vasishta: 8.7 MB – 45 Verses – 7 mins 40 sec

Detailed account of the birth of Sage Agastya and Sage Vasistha from the heavenly Apsara Urvashi and Mitra and Varuna is illustrated.

This is a meritorious chapter. Verses 41 to 45 state that one who is desirous of children should read or listen to this episode for attaining projeny. Devas and ancestors get pleased by this account.

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Ch 7: Conquering death by Markandeya: 13.3 MB – 75 Verses – 12 mins 4 sec

Sage Markandeya was the grandson of Bhrugu and Khyaathi. His parents were Mrkandu and Sumitra. He was told by an astrologer that he will die at the age of twelve. Sage Markandeya performs penance and conquers death.

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Ch 8: Yama Recalls Death: 8.6 MB – 46 Verses – 7 mins 26 sec

Lord Yama recalls his messengers from the ardent devotees of Lord Maha Vishnu. Shlokas praising Maha Vishnu are included.

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Ch 9: Yama Ashtakam: 2.5 MB - 10 Verses – 2 mins 11 sec

The eight verse praise of Lord Yama is presented.

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Ch 10: Sage Markandeya’s penance: 9.6 MB – 52 Verses – 9 mins 38 sec

After conquering death, Sage Markandeya wished to see Lord Vishnu personally and started severe penance. An unbodily voice asked Him to bathe in all the holy places. That being a difficult task, the heavenly voice offers a hymn to be recited that would give the same merits as bathing in all the holy places. ( The listener may want to pay attention to this hymn that starts with “Jaya jaya Deva Deva”, so as to get the merits ). Sage Markandeya subsequently perceives Lord Vishnu.

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Ch 11: Superb Vishnu Hymn by Sage Markandeya: 11.4 MB – 65 Verses – 10 mins 37 sec

When Sage Markandeya perceives Lord Vishnu, he offers a powerful hymn. Most of the chapter IS this hymn. When asked what he wanted, Markandeya asks Lord Vishnu to bless Him with continued devotion.

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Ch 12: Conversation between Yama and Yami: 7 MB – 40 Verses – 6 mins 25 sec

Aditi’s son Vivasvaan had two children: son Yama and daughter Yami. Conversation between the two children is presented here. Verse 38 states one who listens or reads this chapter is said to satisfy ancestors.

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Ch 13: Story of Devasharma and the Power of a Chaste Woman: 11.3 MB – 63 Verses – 10 mins 29 sec

Kashyapa, a Brahmin lived with Savitri, his wife in Nandigrama. Far away in Kosala, another Brahmin Yagnasharma lived with his wife Rohini, who had a son named Devasharma. All were religious. Yagnasharma passed away leaving behind wailing Rohini. The son Devasharma decided to leave his mother and go to perform penance in Nandigrama.

Once, some crows took away his clothes; in anger, he stared at them; they got burnt and dropped his clothes back. Later, he went begging for food at Rohini’s house. She fed him after a long time. When asked about the delay, Rohini said: “ I am not a crow. Service to my husband comes first. You should be taking care of your ailing mother first, before doing penance. Shirking away from duty is sinful.” Devasharma learnt of the tremendous powers Rohini had gathered simply by serving her husband.

He returned to Kosala, took care of his mother, got married and after the passing away of his mother and wife, returned to do severe penance and reached the abode of Lord Narasimha.

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Ch 14: Observing one’s ashrama: 4.3 MB – 16 Verses – 3 mins 21 sec

Lord Narasimha comes in the dream of a Brahmin householder and advises him to strictly follow the rules of one’s own ashramam.  A householder should maintain the duties of the same and a Sanyasi should maintain the duties of that ashramam. The Brahmin follows the advice and eventually reaches the abode of of Lord Narasimha.

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Ch 15: Description of the world tree: 2.8 MB – 13 Verses – 2 mins 29 sec

Sage Sutha describes to Sage Bharadwaja, what Sage Vyasa had explained earlier regarding the tree of the world, how ignorance creates attachments in man and pulls him away from reaching the ultimate goal of salvation.

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Ch 16: Attainment of Mukti: 7.1 MB – 39 Verses – 5 mins 50 sec

Sage Shukha asks Sage Vyasa as to how to attain Mukti quickly, being trapped in the world tree with all its attachments. Sage Vyasa then explains what Lord Shiva said to Sage Narada, when the latter asked the same question. In summary, devotion to Lord Vishnu leads one away from desires and attachments and provides Mukti naturally.

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Ch 17: Power of the Eight Letter Mantra: 7.1 MB – 36 Verses – 6 mins 20 sec

In this chapter, Sage Vyasa explains to Sage Shukha the magnificence of the eight letter mantra of Lord Narayana.

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Ch 18: Story of the Birth of Ashvini Kumaras: 6.1 MB – 25 Verses – 5 mins 25 sec

This chapter is in prose form.

Aditya (Sun) was married to Sangya. They produced Manu, Yama and Yami. Sangya was unable to bear the scorching heat of Aditya. Sangya then made a shadow of herself called Chaayaa and moved back to her parents’ home and turned herself into a mare to remain incognito. Aditya and Chaayaa produced son Shani and daughter Tapati.

When Aditya went to the region of the parents’ house of Sangya, He found her there disguised as a mare. Aditya turned into a horse and the two produced the twin Ashvini Kumaras. Brahma declared that the Ashvini Kumaras, who became Divine physicians have a right to the offerings in the Yagnas.

After that Sangya regained Her original form; Divine Architect Vishwakarma reduced the intense heat of Aditya, and so Aditya and Sangya could stay happily ever after.

Verse 25 states that one who listens to this story will develop a resplendent body on earth and enjoy heaven after passing.

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Ch 19: Surya Ashtottara Shatha Nama Stotram: 4.2 MB – 22 Verses – 3 mins 50 sec

The 108 name hymn of Surya, also called the Ashtottara Shata Nama Stotram, composed by Vishwakarma is presented here.  Verses 20 to 22 state that one who recites these names daily will have all his sins cleared.

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Ch 20: Origin of Maruts: 2.1 MB – 9 Verses – 1 mins 59 sec

Once Diti, the wife of Kashyapa, wanted to have a son as powerful as Indra. Kashayapa agreed to it but said to her to ensure she followed all the rules of pregnancy. However, one evening, Diti forgot to clean her feet after dinner. Seizing the opportunity, Indra entered the womb of Diti and cut the fetus into 7 parts first and then again cut each of the cut pieces into 7 parts. Thus the 49 Maruts, Who are the Storm Gods came into being.

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Ch 21: The Solar Dynasty: 2.8 MB – 17 Verses – 2 mins 34 sec

This chapter lists the kings of the Solar Dynasty; also called Surya Vamsha.

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Ch 22: The Lunar Dynasty: 3.4 MB – 16 Verses – 2 mins 59 sec

This chapter lists the kings of the Lunar Dynasty; also called Soma Vamsha.

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Ch 23: The Fourteen Manvantaras: 9.1 MB – 42 Verses – 7 mins 44 sec

This chapter is in prose form.

This chapter lists the 14 Manvantaras which are: Svayambhuva, Svarochisa, Uttama, Taamasaa, Raivataa, Chakshushaa, Vaivasvatha ( current ), Saavarnaa, Daksha Saavarni, Brahma Saavarni, Dharma Saavarni, Rudra Saavarni, Ruci and finally Bhaumaa. The kings, Gods and Saptarishis of each period are listed. The completion of 14 Manvantaras results in 1,000 sets of 4 Yugas. That completes 1 day of Brahma. A similar period of 1 night of Brahma follows !

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End of Part 1