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Indian School, Pahari style, 19th century

Hiranyakashipu asks Prahlada whether Vishnu is in the pillar in front of him c. 1810

RCIN 925238

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Prahlada asserts that Vishnu is the omnipresent, supreme controller of the Universe. Hiranyakashipu asks ‘then why do I not see Him in this pillar in front of me?’. When his son replies that Vishnu is indeed inside the pillar, the king instructs his demons to destroy it.