Narasimha Jayanthi marks the birthday of Lord Narasimha; it is celebrated on the Shukla Chaturdashi of Vaishaka month. Lord Narasimha is a fierce avatar of Lord Vishnu who slayed the demon king Hiranyakasipu, father of Bhaktha Prahaladha. He is the fourth avatar of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. Worshipping Shri Narasimha offers protective shield against negative influences and win over foes.
Narasimha Jayanti Date 2023
Thu , 4th May 2023
Lord Narasimha has body of a man and head of a lion. Though this avatar is a ferocious form, Lord Narasimha took this avatar to save a young, sincere devotee by the name Bhakta Prahalada who had utmost faith and devotion in Him. This dimension of Lord coming to the rescue of the devotee is the idea behind worship of Sri Narasimha. Lord Narasimha releases from financial entanglements and imparts unshakable faith. Lord Narasimha has various forms, each with a distinguished attribute, benefits, and blessing.
Wake up in the Brahma Muhurtha, the time of 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM. If feasible take a holy dip in a holy river. Worship Lord Narasimha along with Goddess Lakshmi, offer sincere prayers. We can observe fast all day beginning from the time of sunrise or be on a juice fast or vegan diet. We can begin new spiritual practices, be part of Bhajans, read scriptures or chant vedic hymns. We can chant, Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalambam, Lakshmi Narasimha stotra. Pooja is performed in the twilight time since the Lord was manifested during the twilight. We can donate for a noble cause. Visit Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple in the evening and break fasting after the temple visit.
Legend of Shri Narasimha
According to Bhagavata Puraṇa, Varaga avatar of Lord Vishnu slayed the demon king Hiraṇayakṣa who is the younger brother of Hiraṇyakasipu. Ever since his brother’s demise, Hiranyakasipu wanted revenge against Lord Vishnu. He performed years of penance towards Lord Brahma to achieve special boon. Lord Brahma was pleased with Hiraṇyakasipu’s devotion and granted him a boon that he requested. The boon was “no man, or God or any animal created by Brahma can kill him, he cannot be killed during day or night, and he cannot be killed on earth plane or in heaven; he cannot be killed using a weapon or kill him in any premises either inside or outside his palace”.
Hiranyakasipu became invincible with the new boon. With the hatred for Lord Vishnu burning deep in his heart, he began persecuting devotees of Lord Vishnu. However, Hiranyakasipu‘s son, Prahaladha, a small boy was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. He tried to convince his father about the magnanimity of Lord Vishnu. And Prahaladha failed to acknowledge his father as the supreme lord over Lord Vishnu. This enraged demon king Hiranyakasipu, who tried to kill his own boy because of his devotion towards Vishnu. But with each attempt, Hiranyakasipu made towards killing Prahaladha, the boy was magically protected by the Lord’s power.
Hiranyakasipu tried to reason with Prahaladha in a father-son conversation; Prahaladha was so adamant in his devotion, also claimed that Viṣhṇu is omnipresent- He is present in pillars, and He is even in the smallest twig. Hiranyakasipu pointed to a adjacent pillar and questioned if 'his Viṣhṇu' is in it? and Prahaladha said Yes. Hiranyakasipu mocked his son and said how can a supreme power be present in this simple pillar and started smashing the pillar with his maze. Lord Narasimha emerged from the pillar and started attacking Hiranyakasipu. He moved him near the threshold of a courtyard, held him on His thigh and disemboweled Hiranyakasipu with his sharp fingernails (like claws).
Lord Vishnu chose this form Lord Narasimha to fulfill the conditions of the boon the demon was granted. Hiranyakasipu was killed by a half man-half lion (nor a human, a celestial being or an animal )at twilight (which is neither day nor night), the place was the threshold of a courtyard (which is neither indoor nor outdoor), and the Lord placed the demon on his thighs (that neither earth or heaven) and lastly, he was killed with the Lord’s sharp fingernails (which is not a manmade weapon).
Narasimha Jayanti festival dates between 2019 & 2029
Friday, 17th of May
Wednesday, 6th of May
Tuesday, 25th of May
Saturday, 14th of May
Thursday, 4th of May
Tuesday, 21st of May
Sunday, 11th of May
Thursday, 30th of April
Tuesday, 18th of May
Sunday, 7th of May
Saturday, 26th of May