According to Purāṇic myth, an ignorant and powerful daitya king, renowned for his expensive clothing. Much to his father's displeasure, his son, Prahlāda, was an ardent devotee of Viṣṇu; and it was the latter, in a demonstration of his omni-presence, who killed Hiraṇyakaśipu after bursting out of a pillar in his Narasiṃha (‘Man-Lion’) avatāra.
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