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Nrsimha Kshetras

 

The shrIvaiShNavas have their own list of kShetras documented as divya deshas which are held in high regard by the followers of rAmAnujAcharya. A distinctive set of nR^isiMha kShetras has been revealed by the Lord to brahmA and this is held close to heart by upAsakas of mahAsaMkarShaNa. These kShetras with the names of the presiding deities are also used in nR^isiMha mAtR^ikA nyAsa and in the worship of pIThas during the ArAdhanA of the powerful nR^isiMha vyUha. The kSehtras and the associated mUrtis are sixty-eight in number. Of these, two pIThas emanate from every letter of the thirty-two lettered mantrarAja. The remaining four emanate from aShTAkSharI, dvAdashAkSharI, ShaDakSharI and sudarshana mantras, which form the chief angas of the mantrarAja. The list is as below:

1. kokAmukha (kShetra): varAha (mUrti)
2. mandara: madhusUdana
3. kapiladvIpa: ananta
4. prabhAsa: ravinandana
5. vaikuNTha: nArAyaNa
6. mahendra: nR^ipAtmaja
7. R^iShabha: mahAviShNu
8. dvArakA: bhUpati
9. pANDusahya: devesha
10. vasurUDha: jagatpati
11. vallItaTa: mahAyoga
12. chitrakUTa: narAdhipa
13. nimiSha: pItavasana
14. gavAM niShkramaNa kShetra: hari
15. shAlagrAma: tapovAsa
16. gandhamAdana: achintya
17. kubjAgAra: hR^iShIkesha
18. gandhadvAra: payodhara
19. sakala: garuDadhvaja
20. sAyaka: govinda
21. vR^indAvana: gopAla
22. mathurA: svyambhUH
23. kedAra: mAdhava
24. kAshI: keshava
25. puShkara: puShkarAkSha
26. dhR^ishTadyumna: jayadhvaja
27. tR^iNabinduvana: vIra
28. sindhusAgara: ashoka
29. kaseraTa: mahAbAhu
30. taijasa vana: amR^ita
31. vishvAsayUpa: vishvesha
32. mahAvana (outer vR^indAvana): nArasiMha
33. halA~Ngara: ripuhara
34. devashAlA: trivikrama
35. dashapura: puruShottama
36. kubjaka: vAmana
37. vitastA: vidyAdhara
38. vArAha: dharaNIdhara (bhUvarAha)
39. devadAruvana: guhya (guptagopAla)
40. kAverI: nAgashAyI (shrIra~NganAtha)
41. prayAga: yogamUrti
42. payoShNI: sudarshana
43. kumAratIrtha: kaumAra (kukke subrahmaNya who is considered to be skanda protected from garuDa by nR^isiMha)
44. lohita: hayagrIva
45. ujjayinI: trivikrama
46. li~NgakUTa: chaturbhuja
47. bhadrA: harihara
48. kurukShetra: vishvarUpa
49. maNikuNDa: halAyudha
50. ayodhyA: lokanAtha
51. kuNDina: kuNDineshvara
52. bhANDAra: vAsudeva
53. chakratIrtha: sudarshana
54. ADhya: viShNupada
55. cChUkara: sUkara
56. mAnasa sarovara: brahmesha
57. daNDakAraNya: shyAmala
58. trikUTa: nAgamokSha
59. merupR^iShTha: bhAskara
60. puShpabhadrA: viraja
61. keraLa: bAla (guruvAtapurI)
62. vipAshA: yashaskara
63. mAhiShmatI: hutAshana
64. kShIrAbdhi: padmanAbha
65. vimala: sanAtana
66. shivanadI: shivakara
67. gayA: gadAdhara
68. sarvatra: paramAtman

The greatness of nr^isiMha kShetras is that the Lord appears as viShNu, sUrya, skanda, shiva and bhairava in these kShetras, bearing testimony to the statement in yAjnavalkya smR^iti:

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Uttering the names of these nR^isiMha kShetras and the associated mUrtis is said to confer great merits. Reciting these sacred names in the sannidhi of the Lord on an ekAdashI is described as highly meritorious. For the use of those who would like to recite them, kShetra nArAyaNa stava sung by sUta has been uploaded to our –*Stotras*– page.