Narasimha Jayanti is falling this Year on April 28 & April 29.
For Smarta, it will be on 28 April, 2018. For Vaishnava, it will be on 29 April, 2018.
Importance of Narasimha Jayanti
This festival is celebrated with utmost gaiety in all Vishnu temples around the world and especially Narasimha temples host great celebration. The day is significant as it marks the victory of good over evil and helps destroy all evil forces and restores peace and happiness.
Vaishakha Shukla Chaturdashi with Swati Nakshatra is extremely auspicious to observe Narasimha Jayanti Vratam. It is believed that people who keep fast will reach the “Vaikunth”. With the effect of the fast, victory over all the enemies is achieved. Also, the person who keeps fast on this occasion, will be the master of immense wealth and free from the sins of the seven births. Apart from this, all his desires and aspirations are fulfilled.
On the day of Narasimha Jayanti, the person who performs the rituals of this fasting and worshiping the Lord Narasimha, receives eternal salvation.
Devotees can do Mantra Japa, Yantra Puja and Yajna (Homa) on this day, it defends a house against black magic, diseases and misfortune and usher in good luck, peace, prosperity, harmony and health. According to the scriptures, the greatness and fame of this fast is that sin of Brahma-Hatya is also cut.
What to do on Narasimha Jayanti Day?
During this day, devotees keep fast and visit Lord Vishnu temples. Fast is kept from sunrise to next day sunrise. But if the date of the quadrangle expires before sunrise then one can complete the fast before sunrise. One can opt for partial fast also and can have milk, fruits and food items that are not made from rice and grains. Lord Narasimha was believed to have appeared during sunset, when Charturdashi was dominant. So, devotees perform puja during the evening, before sunset. The puja should be done with relatives offering items like flowers, sweets, kumkum, kesar and coconut. One may take a sankalpa on this Jayanti in the afternoon. Also, one should have ‘Jagran’ and perform a visarjan puja the next day in the morning. There are various ways to worship God Narasimha.
One can also recite Narasimha stortam in praise of Narasimha.
Chanting Narsimha Kavacham and Narsimha Sahasranama (1000 names of Narasimha).
‘Om Narasimhaya Namha’ 1008 Times Mantra writing.
Chant the following Mantra with rudraksha mala to please God Narasimha.
ॐ उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखम्।
नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्यु मृत्युं नमाम्यहम्॥
By chanting these Mantras, all kinds of sorrows are solved. Lord Narasimha always protects his devotees.
It is good to donate clothes and sesame seeds on this day to poor.
Narasimha Jayanti Muhurat/Timinigs.
Narsimha Jayanti Sankalp Time : – 11:00 PM to 01:37 PM
Evening puja Time :- 4:13 PM to 6:50 PM
Duration :- 2 Hours 37 Mins
Parana time for Narasimha Jayanti : – After 6:37 AM on 29th April
The Story behind Narasimha Jayanti:
According to Bhagwat Purnana, Lord Narsimha is the fourth incarnation (Avtaar) of Lord Vishnu. This avatar he took only to defend his beloved devotee Prahlada and punish the wicked Hiranyakashipu and restore peace and dharma. Prahlada was son of demon Hiranyakhipipu. As a result of the teachings of sage Narada and listening to the prayers of sages and saints from inside the womb, Prahlada from his very childhood became a devotee of Lord Vishnu.
His father Hiranyakashipu used to believe he was most powerful and superior to god. He wanted Prahlada to understand this self-imposed fact from his very childhood. But, when the demon king came to know that despite the whole world revering him as god, his own child did not accept it and rather, became an ardent disciple of his enemy Lord Vishnu and was chanting his mantra ‘om namo bhagvate Vasudevaye’, Hiranyakashipu burst into anger. He tried every possible trick to convince Prahalad with his arguments; he offered a variety of temptations, intimidated him in many ways, got him trampled by elephants, dropped him from the height of hills, but every time Prahlada was saved by the grace of Lord Vishnu. Despite all the efforts of Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada was not ready to accept his father as God. At last, Hiranyakashipu even tried to burn him with the help of his sister Holika but failed again in the effort as well; rather, instead of Prahalad, Holika was burnt in the fire.
Thus, Hiranyakashipu was left with no other option than to punish his son Prahlada with death. Once, while explaining the all-pervading influence of Lord Vishnu to his own father Hiranyakashipu, Prahalda said that Lord Vishnu had been existing in every tiny particle in this universe. Hiranyakashipu took no time to counter his son and pointing to a nearby pillar he asked, “If your Vishnu is omnipresent, he must be in this pillar as well.” As Prahlada replied, “Yes, of course he is,” father Hiranyakashipu got angry and he hit the pillar with his large gada (blunt-headed mace used as weapon) which unfolded a magical event. In order to assert his devotee’s belief, Lord Vishnu appeared as Narsingha from the pillar and eliminated the demon king Hiranyakashipu and hence, the day was then celebrated as Narasimha Jayanti.