Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 7 - Chapter 1 - Verse 1


श्रीनारद उवाचएवं सुरादय: सर्वे ब्रह्मरुद्रपुर: सरा: ।नोपैतुमशकन्मन्युसंरम्भं सुदुरासदम् ॥ १ ॥


śrī-nārada uvācaevaṁ surādayaḥ sarvebrahma-rudra-puraḥ sarāḥnopaitum aśakan manyu-saṁrambhaṁ sudurāsadam


The great saint Nārada Muni continued: The demigods, headed by Lord Brahmā, Lord Śiva and other great demigods, dared not come forward before the Lord, who at that time was extremely angry.


Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura has sung in his Prema-bhakti-candrikā, ‘krodha’ bhakta-dveṣi-jane: anger should be used to punish a demon who is envious of devotees. Kāma, krodha, lobha, moha, mada and mātsarya — lust, anger, greed, illusion, pride and envy — all have their proper use for the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotee. A devotee of the Lord cannot tolerate blasphemy of the Lord or His other devotees, and the Lord also cannot tolerate blasphemy of a devotee. Thus Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva was so very angry that the great demigods like Lord Brahmā and Lord Śiva and even the goddess of fortune, who is the Lord’s constant companion, could not pacify Him, even after offering prayers of glorification and praise. No one was able to pacify the Lord in His anger, but because the Lord was willing to exhibit His affection for Prahlāda Mahārāja, all the demigods and the others present before the Lord pushed Prahlāda Mahārāja forward to pacify Him.