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ISBN 9788184823264
Publisher

Amar Chitra Katha

Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13

ISBN 9788184823264

ISBN-10 8184823266
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 32 Pages
Language (Hindi)
Subject

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Prahlad by Kamala Chandrakant is a tale from the Hindu Puranic texts, which speaks of the ardent devotion of a boy named Prahlad towards Lord Vishnu. Considered a 'mahajana' or great devotee by Vaishnavites all over the world, Prahlad is deemed a saintly figure in the Bhagvata Purana. Such was his zeal, that it angered his father Hiranyakashipu, who was an Asura (demon) and completely against any form of worship. Blinded by hate, Hiranyakashipu tries to kill his only son, but Prahlad is saved every single time because of his devotion toward Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu's sister, Holika, who was specially blessed with immunity from fire tries to kill Prahlad by sitting with him in a pyre. As the boy prays to his Lord, Holika burns to death while Prahlad emerges out of the fire unharmed (this is also the basis for the Hindu festival of Holi). After many such attempts to take the boy's life and failing several times, Hiranyakashipu decides to try one final time. But instead, Lord Vishnu takes on the form of Narasimha (a half lion, half man) and slays him, thus ending Prahlad's torture. The story of Prahlad is not only significant religiously, but also for its moral implications. This story drives home the point that God is always looking after those who ask him for help. Kamala Chandrakant is a writer for the Amar Chitra Katha series, which chronicles stories from Indian mythology and religious texts.
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