Narsimha Caturdasi Celebrations
Sri Narsimhadev is Lord Krishna’s half-man and half-lion incarnation. Lord Krishna appeared in This form to protect His devotee Prahlada Maharaj from the atrocities of his father Hiranyakashipu and reestablish religious principles.
After the death of his brother Hiranyaksha at the hands of Lord Varahadev, Hiranyakashipu wanted to avenge his brother’s death and thus performed severe austerities to rule over the universe. He gained an audience with Lord Brahma and requested him to grant him immortality. Although Lord Brahma didn’t grant him immortality, he gave him the boon that Hiranyakashipu could not be killed by any man or animal, by anything living or dead, during day or night, inside or outside, on the land or in the sea or sky.
Thereafter Hiranyakashipu overpowered demigods and conquered the entire universe. He performed atrocities towards the pious and didn’t even spare his five year old son Prahlad who always remembered Lord Vishnu. When Hiranyakashipu repeatedly tormented his son, Lord Narsimahadev appeared from a palace pillar in form of a half-man and half-lion and killed Hiranyakashipu with his fingernails, at dusk, on his lap in the threshold of the palace and thereby protected His devotee Prahlad.
The appearance of Lord Narsimhadev is celebrated as Narsimha Caturdasi. Devotees at Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari temple celebrated Narsimha Caturdasi on 8 May 2009. Devotees fasted till dusk. The festivities began at 5 pm with a Narsimha havan (fire sacrifice) to invoke auspiciousness and seek the blessings and protection of Narsimhadev. This was followed with maha-abhishek of Narsimhadev with sacred substances and seasonal juices and concluded with sandhya-arati and Narsimha arati.
The highlight of the festivities was a spectacular drama by devotee youth and congregation members. The drama encapsulated the austerities performed by Hiranyakashipu, birth of Prahlad and the appearance of Lord Narsimhadev.
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