GOLD FANAM OF MYSORE INDIA______Kanthirava Narasa______LION FACED VISHNU

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Seller: Top-Rated Plus Seller frascatius (17,732) 100%, Location: Upper Midwest, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 352913889003 9R175 FRASCATIUS ANCIENTS A BEAUTIFUL GOLD FANAM OF MYSORE INDIA FROM 1638 - 1662 AD . THESE SMALL COINS ARE HIGH PURITY GOLD, USUALLY FROM 14k TO 18k. The "Kanthirava" fanam of Kanthirava Narasa is one of the few Indian coins whose image can be directly related to a known piece of sculpture ... in this case, the famous statue of Narasimha at the Vijayanagar capital of Hampi (see photo). The fanam is a denomination of very small gold coins issued in Southern India in the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries. THE SIZE IS 6.0 MM AND 0.38 GRAMS. OBVERSE – Narasimha (Lion-faced Vishnu) seated facing, holding a chakra in each upper hand REVERSE – Devanagari legend: Sri / Kamthi / rava MYSORE INDIA The word Mysore is a corrupted version of "mysooru", which is derived from the word "mahishur" or "Mahishasurana Ooru", which means the town of Mahishasura in Kannada, the local language. Mysore has been associated with the Puranic story found in the Devi Bhagavatha. According to the story in the Devi Purana, Mysroe was ruled by the demon Kind Mahishasura. Mahishasura was a buffalo-headed monster. In response to the prayer by the Gods and Goddesses to save them from the demon, Goddess Parvathi, took birth as Chamundeshwari and killed the monster on top of the Chamundi hill near Mysore. Hence the hill and the city have the names Chamundi Hill and Mysore respectively. It is said that after killing the monster the Goddess stayed on top of the hill, where she is worshipped with great devotion to this day. The famous 10 daylong Dasara of Mysore is in honour of the Goddess Chamundeshwari and is a celebration of this victory of good over evil. NARASIMHA Narasimha, (Sanskrit: “Man-Lion”) one of the 10 avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu. The demon Hiranyakashipu—twin brother of Hiranyaksha, the demon overthrown by Vishnu in his previous incarnation as Varaha—obtained a boon from the god Brahma that he could not be killed by human or animal, from inside or outside, by day or by night, and that no weapon could harm him. Thus, feeling secure, he began to trouble heaven and earth. His son, Prahlada, on the other hand, was a devotee of Vishnu, even though his father threatened his life because of it. One day the demon challenged Prahlada and, kicking a stone pillar, asked: “If your god is omnipresent, is he in this pillar also?” Vishnu emerged from the pillar in the form of a man-lion and slew the demon at dusk on the threshold. The incident is often depicted in art, with Narasimha appearing out of the pillar or engaged in ripping open the belly of the demon, one of his numerous pairs of hands holding up the entrails like a garland. The animal aspect is shown by a curly mane of hair, sharp, curved teeth, and leonine facial features. The body, though human, has a thick neck, large shoulders, and slender abdomen and waist. Seated images of Narasimha are also found in which the lion face has a pacific expression. A True Auction Environment – Auctions start at $.99 with No Minimums and No Reserves. FULL UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY If the buyer feels that the coin received is not as represented - just return the coin and the buyer will be fully reimbursed for the cost of the coin; the original shipping charge; and the cost to ship the coin back… No Questions Asked. If the buyer is not happy, please let me know, and I will do what I can to make it right. NOTE: Frascatius is a life member (LM #6864) of the American Numismatic Association (ANA). Frascatius fully complies with the ANA Member Code of Ethics. If you have any questions regarding this auction, please click on “Ask seller a question”. I will be more than happy to provide you with a response. VISIT MY EBAY STORE: FRASCATIUS ANCIENT COINS For those new to ancient coins, please contact me, and I will e-mail to you my "Beginners Guide for Ancient Coin Collectors - FAQ". SHIPPING:To the U.S. = $3.00 Insured Flat RateInternational = $4.50 Insured Flat Rate Multiple items may be grouped at no additional charge at the above rates. All items will be carefully packaged, protected & insured (private insurance). Certification: Uncertified

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