Sharabha Upanishad

The Sharabha Upanishad is a minor Upanishad of the Atharva  Veda. It is one of the 13 Shaiva Upanishads. The Upanishad eulogizes Lord Shiva as the Supreme Lord of the world who incarnates as Sharabha – a human-lion-bird version, to confront the human-lion Narasimha avatar of Vishnu when Narasimha becomes destructive. After slaying the Narasimha avatar, the text states that  Sharabha gives the holy chakra to Vishnu. The text is also called the  “Pippaladadharmasastra,” as an exposition of the knowledge by Lord Bramha to sage  Pippalada. Its title is also spelled as Sarabha Upanishad or Sharabhopanishad.  Maheshwara’s incarnation as Sarabha signifies Paramatman, combining all facets of body, mind, and Jeeva. The narration of the Upanishad, states the text, gives Moksha or salvation.

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