the Pancharatratstavam of Vaishnavism, for the Vasudeva Chaturmurti there arefour main
primary aspectsnamely, Vasudeva, Sankarshana (Lion),Pradyumna (Boar)
The four faces of Lord Vishnu
mentioned in the Vishnu Dharmottara
passages are taken to stand for the above four Vyuhas. Thus the Narasimha type of
manifestation is an important vyuha of the Lord.
It is stated in the Nrisimha Purvathapani Upanishad that
God appeared before Brahma as Narasimha first, and gave him the mantra viz., the Narasimha
Anushtrup, with which he was able to develop the four Vedas later..
The Anushtrup is as follows:
In the above Anushtrup, there are nine forms of Narasimhaswamy, which corres- pond to
the Nava Narasimhas.
Those are the Ugra or the angry, the Veera or the fighting,
the Mahavishnu or the Lakshmi Narasimha,the Jwalantha of the figure emitting flames,
the Sarvathomukha or the Narasimha with a number of faces, the Narasimha or
the ordinary Narasimha, the Bhishana or the frightful, the Bhadra of the
terrible and the Mrithyormrithyu or the killer of death.