Narasimha Jayanti (May 16th): Jai Narsingh Narayan

Posted: 2011-05-15T20:14:18Z
Hi guys!

Here's wishing you all a blessed Narasimha Jayanti Party

Today marks the occasion on which Shri Vishnu took the form of Narsingh (half man, half lion) in order to save his devotee Prahlad and, in another way, save Hiranyakashyap.

Here's an explanation of how the day is celebrated, a prayer composed by Bhakt Prahlad that is traditionally recited on it, and refresher of the story for all of you:

Today is Narasimha Chaturdasi, the appearance anniversary of Lord Narasimhadeva, the half-man, half-lion incarnation of the Supreme Lord. On this day fasting is observed until dusk, and then followed by feasting. This is a most auspicious day to remember the great mercy the Lord has upon His pure devotees to protect them from all varieties of dangerous situations.
Here are some beautiful prayers for worshipping Lord Narasimhadeva:
namas te narasinghaya
prahlad ahlada-dayine
hiranyakasipor vaksha

I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasimha who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and whose nails are like chisels on the stonelike chest of the demon Hiranyakasipu.

ito narasimhaya parato narsimho
yato yato yami tato narasimha
bahir narasimho hridaye narasimho
narasimham adim sharanam prapadye

Lord Narasimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Narasimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Naarasimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.

Narasimha Avatar is a proof of the Lord's promise that, one who is totally surrendered to him, will be under the protection of Lord at all times.

Once Hiranyakasipu asked his son Prahlada , what did he learn from his teacher. Prahlada replied, I have learnt the essence of all the learning that Narayana is the one who illumines everything in the mind , gives bliss and fulfillment to all. Prahlada's answer disappointed Hiranyakasipu , and he tried all methods to divert his son from the devotion to God. The child Prahlada was subjected to all kinds of torture , but Prahlada's devotion to god strengthened further. Enraged at his son's unshaken devotion to his arch enemy, Hiranyakasipu decided to put an end forever to Prahlada , by all possible means.

Prahlada was totally in bliss chanting the name of Hari and survived all tortures inflicted upon him. Finally, Hiranyakasipu asked Prahlada , "who is this god that protects you"? Where is he?

Prahlada who had realized the omnipresence of the Lord told that , God is everywhere but one who is slave to senses cannot see him. As long as, one is having Ego and attachment, one cannot see Hari, though he is present within us and outside every being.

Angered by the reply Hiranyakasipu then asked Prahlada "Is Hari in this pillar"? Prahlada said "YES HE IS". Hiranyakasipu broke the pillar with his mace and split the pillar into pieces. A terrible noice was heard. It was like a clap of thunder. The lord in the dreadful from of Narasimha emerged from it. Due to the boon Hiranyakasipu had (that he could not be slayed by either a man nor an animal), the lord had assumed a terrible form of Narasimha (half-man and half-lion). He seized the demon by throat, placed him on his lap, tore his entrails with his nails and killed him. The lord walked with his dead victim and sat on the throne. No one, neither Devas nor Brahma or Lakshmi dared to go near him. This was lord's anger against the person who dared to offend his devotee.

Though, everyone trembled at the sight and the form of Narasimha, Prahlada stood cheerfully in adoration without any fear, as he saw the lord as an embodiment of love.

Lord Narasimha then commended Prahlada to take over the kingdom and he ruled over for long time with justice and righteousness.

For us Hiranyakasipu may appear as demon, but in the view of divinity, he is an instrument to help Prahlada to affirm faith in god. If there had been no Hiranyakasipu, there would have been no Narasimha Avatar. To demonstrate the power of faith, hatred has to be there in one side. Hiranyakasipu was responsible for revealing the devotion, love, faith and greatness of Prahlada and for the appearance of Lord Narasimha.

This story teaches us that we should do the work that has come to us sincerely and efficiently. We should give up attachments and give up everything that is outside the service of the lord. It also teaches us that Lord prevails everywhere. Devotion can be practiced at any point of time. Constant faith in god leads to devotion. Make your home and every place around you a Vaikuntha, a place devoid of miseries and temple of love and unity.


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Edited by lola610 - 2011-05-15T20:27:03Z
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Posted: 2011-05-15T20:36:07Z
Here are some vids describing/depicting Narsingh Bhagwan

A clear rendition of the Narsingh Gayatri Mantra:

In the classic Telugu film Bhakta Prahlada:

In Ramanand Sagar's Shri Krishna:

In the classic Hari Darshan:
Edited by lola610 - 2011-05-15T20:58:26Z
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Posted: 2011-05-15T21:15:11Z

Happy Nrsimhadeva Jayanti!

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-srngam,
kesava dhrta-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisa hare

"O Kesava! O Lord of the universe. O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one's fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasplike demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on your beautiful lotus hands."

Tvayi Rakshathi Rakshakai: Kim Anyai:,
Tvayi Cha Arakshati Rakshakai: Kim Anyai:,
Ithi Nischita Dhee: Srayaami Nityam,
Nruhareh: Vegavathee Tataasrayam Tvam!

"O Kamasikha Narasimha! you are sarva sakthan. When you are resolved to protect some one, where is the need to seek the protection of anyone else? When you are resolved not to protect some one, which other person is capable of protecting us?. There is no one. Knowing this fundamental truth, I have resolved to offer my saranagati at your lotus feet alone that rest at the banks of Vegavathi river." 

May Shri Nrsimhadeva grant you and your family his richest blessings and my he protect you always! Heart  Hug  Hug 

Thanks for this lovely thread Lola! Hug
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Posted: 2011-05-16T03:29:27Z
Somehow, the term 'jayanti' seems strange here, since he came, did his stuff within minutes probably, and left after crowning Prahlad.  So as an avatar, he may at the most have lasted a few days, if not just one day.

Anyway, happy Narasimha jayanti to everyone who celebrates it!!!

Exit question: did it happen the same year as Holika's death on that pyre?
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Posted: 2011-05-16T03:40:55Z
Happy Narasimha Jayanti

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Posted: 2011-05-16T09:50:36Z
happy narasimha jayanti everyone !!Party i just luv narasimha avatar so much, he always interested me as a child and i never got scared of watching prahlad movies unlike other children my age!LOL i even wanted to be narasimha avatar once for halloween, but my mummy said no.CryLOL
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Posted: 2011-05-17T17:18:47Z
Hey guys. Here are several accounts of people who have witnessed the miracles of worshipping Lord Narsimha. Found these on that same fanpage.

During the  Gaura Purnima festival in Mayapur, I called over a devotee in the crowd and asked her to distribute the Lord's charanamrta to the ladies, which she did. Later, when she brought the charanamrta pot back, she remarked that Lord Nrsimhadeva was very merciful to reciprocate so quickly.

"I was praying this morning that I might be able to offer some direct service to Him, and now you have given me this service."

"Yes," I said, "desires are quickly fulfilled in the dham. Just see, the same day you desire, it happened."

"No, not the same day--the same moment," she replied. "The very instant I expressed that desire to serve Him, you called me over."

"Wow! that is amazing," I acknowledged. "Did you hear about how one devotee's eye problem was cured at the same time that Lord Nrsimhadeva's original eyes were placed back, after one donor had bought Him new eyes?"

"Oh, yes," she told me. "As a matter of fact, I was staying in the same building when Lord Nrsimhadeva spoke to her." She added, "You know, there was so much energy around that night that nobody could get any sleep."


Pankajanghri das


When Lord Nrsimhadeva first came to Mayapur, all the pujaris were reluctant to worship His awesome form. Bhava Siddhi das was particularly frightened and always very nervous worshiping Him. One night, after putting the Lord to rest, he was leaving the altar, when he heard such a tremendous sound that it made his hairs stand on end. Looking back fearfully, he saw that everything was in place. So he quickly left, locked the door and paid his obeisances, praying for forgiveness for any offense he might inadvertently have committed. At the end of that night he was awakened by the shaking of his bed. Bhava Siddhi was sleeping on the top of a bunk bed. So he thought it must be the pujari below him getting up for mangala-arati (morning worship).

However, when he opened his eyes, he saw Lord Nrsimhadeva sitting on his bed. That fortunate pujari became very fearful, practically to the point of panic. As he tried to get up, Lord Nrsimhadeva place His two hands, which felt like the weight of the universe, on his shoulders. "Be peaceful, be calm," the Lord consoled him. "I have just come to tell you that when you worship Me in the temple, there is no need to fear Me. Please, give up this fear."

The Lord then disappeared, but Bhava Siddhi began to run up and down the veranda of the Long Building, where he slept.

"What happened?" asked some concerned devotees. But they received only incoherent replies. They started to think maybe he had gone mad or become haunted by a ghost. Finally Bhava Siddhi ran over the the temple and prostrated himself before the door where Lord Nrsimhadeva is worshiped and offered heartfelt prayers. After some time he became a little pacified, and began walking back to his room. "I wonder why everyone is staring at me," he thought. When he looked down, the answer was obvious: He had gone to the temple in his night dress.


I saw Bhava Siddhi at last year's Gaura Purnima festival--he is living in America now--and asked him about that incident. "Yes," he said. "I still have those two marks from Lord Nrsimhadeva on my shoulders. They are almost gone now, but they are still visible."


Pankajanghri das


The frantic parents of a runaway boy, after searching all over the country, finally heard that their son was at our Mayapur center. They immediately came and spent the whole day looking for him, inquiring at the reception desk and from individual devotees, but they were not at all lucky in tracing him.

At the end of the day, during the sandhya arati (evening worship) of Lord Nrsimhadeva, his mother was praying with folded hands,"My dear Lord, the last time I came here, I happily participated in the chanting and dancing, but now my heart is broken because of my lost son, and I find no pleasure in life anymore. My Lord, if only my son could be returned to me, then I would also raise my hands and chant 'Haribol, Hare Krishna.'"

As these words left her mouth, a figure passed and stepped before her and Lord Nrsimhadeva: it was her lost son


Pankajanghri das

Edited by AishuJSKfan - 2011-05-17T17:19:28Z
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Posted: 2011-05-17T18:07:33Z
Woww amazing stories...thank you for sharing them here Aishu! Smile
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