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Date: Fri Nov 03 1995 - 06:19:34 PST
There are two Lakshmi Nrsimha Karavalambha Stotras. The first one was written by Adi Sankaracharya. The story as I have heard it goes like this. Sri Sankara had agreed to debate someone and the topic included discussion on Kama Sutra. Since Sri Sankara was a brahmachari and had no experience with Kama. He therefore through Yogic power left his body and entered that of a recently deceased king in Assam. Before he did so he asked his disciples to protect his body till he came back. The king was a drunkard etc. All of a sudden the king started practicing all his religious rites and did not go near alcohol. The queen was overjoyed with this especially since the king spent more time with her than ever before. But she suspected that this amazing transformation could only be because a great soul had possessed her husband's body. In order not to lose this association she instructed her soldiers to find and burn any corpse they might come across. The soldiers eventually found Sankara's disciples protecting his body and using brute force overcame the resistance of Sankara's disciples and set it on fire. Adi Sankaracharya in the meantime realized what was happening returned to his body and composed and sang the KarAvalambha stotra to Lakshmi Nrsimha who came and saved Him. If anyone can either vouch for the authenticity of this story or correct what I have heard please let me know. The composition of the 44th Jeer has the same 4th line in every verse i.e. Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi KarAvalambam, but the rest of the composition is different. Jaganath.