Narasimha Jayanti- Rituals and Significance
About Narasimha Jayanti
Lord Narasimha is the fourth and one of the most worshipped incarnations of Lord Vishnu who returned to Earth with the body of a human and head of a lion to kill Hiranyakashipu, a powerful demon. The day on which Lord Narasimha reincarnated in the celebrated form of man-cum-lion is observed as Narasimha Jayanti.
When is Narasimha Jayanti?
As per Hindu calendar, Narasimha Jayanti is celebrated in Vaisakh during the Shukla Paksha on the Chaturdashi tithi. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls in the month of April or May.
What are The Rituals of Narsingh Avtar Jayanti?
- Take a holy bath before sunrise and dress up in clean attire.
- On the day of Narsingh Jayanti, offers special prayers (Puja) to the idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narasimha.
- After the puja ceremony, offer coconut, sweets, fruits, Kesar, flowers, and kumkum to the deities.
- Observe a fast that starts at sunrise on Narasimha Jayanti and ends at sunrise the following day.
- Refrain from consuming any cereal or grain during fast.
- Recite sacred mantras to please the deities.
- Donating sesame seeds, clothes, food and precious metals to the needy is considered auspicious.
Also See: Lord Narsimha Aarti
What is The Significance of Narasimha Jayanti?
According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Narasimha signifies the victory of good over evil. In these religious texts, the greatness of Lord Narasimha and the importance of Narasimha Jayanti have been illustrated in great detail. Devotees who worship the deity and observe a fast on Narasimha Jayanti can win over their enemies, end the misfortunes and get rid of evil forces from their lives. They also remain protected from diseases. Followers are blessed with abundance, prosperity, courage, and victory if they offer prayers to Lord Narasimha on this day.
What is The Legend of Narasimha Jayanti?
The story of Lord Vishnu’s Narasimha avatar starts with the two sons born to sage Kashyap and his wife Diti. The two sons – Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha – were able to please Lord Brahma with their prayers who in turn blessed them with a boon that made the two invincible.
Hiranyakashipu became all-powerful along with his brother. With the powers bestowed by Brahma, the creator of the worlds, the two began to conquer all the three realms and set eyes on heaven. Lord Vishnu vanquished Hiranyaksha in the avatar of a varaha (boar). This day is celebrated as Varaha Jayanti.
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But the Gods were unable to defeat Hiranyakashipu because of the boon. During this period, Hiranyakashipu was blessed with a son Prahalad who turned out to be a firm devotee of Lord Narayana.
In spite of Hiranyakashipu’s best efforts, his son continued to idolize Lord Vishnu. Because of his devotion, Lord Narayana didn’t allow any harm to come to Prahlad. Enraged by his devotion, Hiranyakashipu decided to burn his son and kill him. He asked his sister Holika to sit with Prahlad on her lap when he is set on fire. The legend goes that Holika was blessed with a special cloth (Shawl), which protected her from any fire. When the flames soared, the divine cloth covering Holika slipped and ended up protecting Prahlad from the fire. Prahlad was saved and Holika was burnt to death. The day is observed as Holika Dahan on the eve of the festival of colours, Holi.
Angered by the failure of his plans and loss of his sister, Hiranyakashipu challenged Prahlad to prove the existence of his God. Prahlad replied that Lord Vishnu is everywhere and in everything, even in the pillars of the palace. Hiranyakashipu struck one of the pillars in a fit of rage when Lord Vishnu emerged in the terrifying form of Narasimha. Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu in this fearsome avatar and the day is celebrated as Narasimha Jayanti.
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