The monuments and temples in India abound with exquisite sculptures based on the epics. This is a humble attempt to explain some of them.This is no scholarly work.I have only collected these from several sources- oral, printed and on-line. There can be no authentic version of such stories as there are many variations and interpretations . I have left out the complex explanations and debates to just give an overview of episodes depicted in stone. All photographs by (C) V.Harihara Subramanian.
This image of Narasimha killing Hiranyakasipu is on a pillar at the Cheluvanarayana temple at Melukote (Melkote) in Karnataka. In the same town there is a hill on which stands a majestic temple of Yoga narasimha.