Prahlada a saintly boy from the Puranas known for his piety and bhakti to Vishnu, despite the attempts of his father, Hiranyakashipu, to turn change him. He is considered to be a mahājana, or great devotee, by followers of Vaishnava traditions and is of special importance to devotees of the avatār Narasimha (the Man-Lion). A treatise is accredited to him in the Bhagavata Purana in which Prahlada describes the process of loving worship to his lord, Vishnu. The majority of stories in the Puranas are based on the activities of Prahlada as a young boy, and he is usually shown as such in paintings and illustrations.
The story of Prahlada
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Prahlada was born to Hiranyakashipu and Kayadu, an evil king who had been granted a boon that he could not be killed by man or animal, day or night, inside or outside. Despite several warnings from his father Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada continues to worship Vishnu instead of him. His father then decided to commit filicide and poison him, but he survived. Then he trampled the boy with elephants, but he lived. Then he put him in a room with venomous snakes, and they made a bed for him with their bodies.
Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashipu, was blessed in that she could not be hurt by fire. Hiranyakashipu finally puts Prahlada on the lap of Holika as she sits on a pyre. Prahlada prays to Vishnu to keep him safe. Holika burns to death as Prahlada is unscathed. This event is celebrated as the Hindu festival of Holi.
There is an underground pillar known as "Prahlada khamba" in Dharahra village, in the Purnea District of Bihar, India. It is said to be the pillar from which Narasimha manifested to kill Hiranyakashipu. Adjacent to the pillar is a large temple devoted to Lord Narasimha. Allegedly, attempts to excavate or move the "Prahlada khamba" have failed. In Maharashtra, an underground temple near the banks of the river "Krishna" in Sangli district, hosts a beautiful stone carved sculpture of "Narasimha and Laxmi".
The story of Prahlada teaches that:
- Faith in God is paramount.
- God will always prevail.
- God saves his devotees.
- Devotion can be practiced at any time. Age does not matter.
- Evil will be punished.
- Omnipresence of God.
Translation: "Among the Daitya demons I am the devoted Prahlada, among subduers I am time, among beasts I am the lion, and among birds I am Garuda."
Prahlada in Sikhism
Prahlada is regarded as one of the devotees of God in Satyuga . Sikhism also believes Prahlada was a devotee of Paramatma, Supreme God or Waheguru.
Prahlaad was placed in a cell, and the door was locked. The fearless child was not afraid at all. He said, "Within my being, is the Guru, the Lord of the World. The created being tried to compete with his Creator, but he assumed this name in vain. That which was predestined for him has come to pass; he started an argument with the Lord's humble servant. ||7|| The father raised the club to strike down Prahlaad, saying, Where is your God, the Lord of the Universe, now? He replied, "The Life of the World, the Great Giver, is my Help and Support in the end. Wherever I look, I see Him permeating and prevailing."||8|| Tearing down the pillars, the Lord Himself appeared. The egotistical demon was killed and destroyed. The minds of the devotees were filled with bliss, and congratulations poured in. He blessed His servant with glorious greatness. ||9|| (Guru Granth Sahib , page no: 1154) 
- "THE STORY OF PRAHLADA".
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- P. 452 The Hindu World: An Encyclopedic Survey of Hinduism By Benjamin Walker - Summary
- B-Gita 10.30
- Cole, W. Owen; Judith Evans-Lowndes, Judith Lowndes (1995). The Story of Prahlad. Heinemann Educational. ISBN 0-431-07756-8.
- Bhagavata Purana Canto 7 - The Story of Prahlada (srimadbhagavatam.com)
- Dharma-Nirnayam short story on Prahlada (moralstories.wordpress.com)
- Prahlada in the Vishnu Purana (sacred-texts.com)
School of Prahlada @ Ahobilam
- Prahlada Pathashala (School) (Flickr.com)