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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Yoganarasinha, YogAnarasiGha, Yogaanarasinha

Yogānarasiṅha is one of the variant forms of Narasiṅha, the fourth incarnation of Viṣṇu in the Daśāvatāra list. Narasiṅha is shown as sitting, absorbed in deep yogic meditation. There is a band, ‘yogapaṭṭa’ binding his legs at the level of the knees. Of the four hands, the upper two carry the cakra[1] and śaṅkha[2] while the two lower hands are resting on the knees.


  1. Cakra means discus.
  2. Śaṅkha means conch.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore