Lord Narsimha’s Divine Protection to His Devotees
Narsimha Caturdasi, the appearance day of Lord Narsimha, the protector of the devotees, was celebrated at the temple on 5 May 2012.
The form of Lord Narsimhadeva, in which the Lord appears as half-lion and half-man, is especially merciful to His devotees, who pray very hard to Him for protection from ignorance and freedom from fear in their devotional lives.
The extraordinary appearance of Lord Narishmadev is described and explained in Srimad Bhagavatam. The story is told how Hiranyakasipu, a powerful enemy of Lord, received the benediction that he was not to be killed by any man, any animal or any weapon. He could not be killed indoors or outdoors, in air or water or on ground, during day or night.
He considered himself to be invincible but met his match in Lord Narsimhadev. When Hiranyakashipu tried to kill his devotee son Prahlad, Lord Narsimhadev appeared from a pillar during dusk and ripped Hiranyakashipu apart with His nails and thus not only killed him but also maintained the benediction given to him.
Devotees at the temple eagerly celebrated the festival by fasting till dusk and enthusiastically chanted the Lord’s names. The evening program started with the Narsimha Homa for the peace and well being of all and was attended by several well-wishers and devotees. This was followed by the Maha-abhishek of Sri Sri Laksmi-Narsimhadeva Deities and Sri Narsimha Sila at the presiding altar, amid the chants of the Brahma Samhita.
Vedic scriptures mention that anyone who takes the darshan of the Lord’s abhishek does not have to return to this material world again. Congregation members, life members and visitors had darshan of the Lord in Their exquisite outfits and participated in the festivities wholeheartedly. The devotees took this opportunity to fervently pray to the Lord to remove all the obstacles in their devotional life and ended their fast at dusk with a sumptuous feast prepared for all!