Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Narasimha Jayanti - Spreading Goodness And Dharma

Today is Narasimha Jayanti, the day when Lord Vishnu incarnated in the Narasimha Avatar. He taught the world that Dharma wins and Adharma cannot last for long. Worshiping Lord Vishnu helps in reaching Vaikuntha, the abode of Vishnu. Read on to know more...

Narasimha, the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu, is worshiped on Narasimha Jayanti.

Narasimha Jayanti, is celebrated in honor of the fourth and most powerful Avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, Narasimha. The term Narasimha refers to ‘half man- half lion’, which means head of a lion and body of a man. As per the Hindu calendar, this day falls on the 14th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaisakha. Narasimha Jayanti tells the importance of Dharma and concludes that Dharma always gains victory over Adharma.

Legend Of The Day

The legend of this popular day, takes us back to the story of the cruel king Hiranyakashipu and his son Prahlad. Hiranyakashipu was a powerful king who impressed Lord Brahma and got his favor. He got the desirable boon that, neither man nor any beast could kill him, he could not be killed during day or night time. It also included that he would remain unaffected by the attack of any weapon and could not be killed from inside as well as outside the house or any building.

Getting of this desirable boon resulted in increased cruelty, he started ruling the earth and the heaven. People were forced to worship and treat him like god. However, his own son Prahlad, was a passionate devotee of Lord Vishnu who didn’t followed the rules of his father.

Hiranyakashipu was used to get annoyed with Prahlad and he tried numerous ways to kill him. When all his efforts went in vain, he asked his sister Holika (who was resistant to fire), to sit in the flames of fire with Prahlad on her lap. This also went against Hiranyakashipu, his sister burnt while Prahlad remained unaffected. Hiranyakashyap got extremely angry and surprised, he asked Prahlad to show him Lord Vishnu.

On this, Prahlad said that Vishnu is omnipresent and thus, he is everywhere. This increased the king’s anger even more and he knocked down a pillar, asking if the lord was there too. As a matter of fact that pillar was situated neither inside nor outside the premises of the courtyard and it was the time of evening, which means neither day nor night time Those were the most suitable situations for killing Hiranyakashyap. As a result, Lord Vishnu came out from that pillar in the form of Narasimha and ended Hiranyakashipu’s life, by using his long and sharp nails.

Worship The Powerful Deity, Lord Narasimha

As this day is dedicated to the fourth manifestation of Lord Vishnu, who is Narasimha; therefore, Lord Narasimha is worshiped on this day. To worship the lord, devotees wake up in the Brahmamuhurta and take holy bath. With a clean body, mind, and soul, prayers are offered to the deity. While worshiping Lord Narasimha, an idol or image of Goddess Lakshmi is also placed. To conduct the Puja in the right way, it is must to have some fresh flowers, Kesar (saffron), Kumkum, Ganga Jal, rice, fruits, coconut, and sweets.

The rituals of this day says that sitting in isolation and chanting Narasimha Mantra, pleases the lord and helps in fulfillment of all wishes.

What Else Is Done On Narasimha Jayanti?

Narasimha Jayanti is a very big day for the devotees of Lord Vishnu. With utmost faith and devotion, they worship the lord and engage themselves in the rituals of the day. On this day, devotees are seen doing:
  • Observing fast
  • Conducting special Pujas and prayers
  • Offering gram clothes, sprouted grains, and jaggery in temples and to the needy people

So, this was all we had for Narasimha Jayanti. With the rituals mentioned in this article, you can please Lord Vishnu and his Narasimha form.

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