Narasimha Chaturdasi

Narasimha Chaturdasi

This festival, which comes in the month of May is a very special day for all the devotees. Lord Narasimha Deva appears to protect his devotees. Hiranyakashipu, a demon controlling the three world, was extremely proud and he hated Lord Vishnu. But little Prahlada, his five year old son, was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, Hiranyakashipu tried to kill Prahlada in several ways; but failed in all his attempts because of the protection given by Lord to his dear devotee. Finally when Hiranyakashipu asked his little son where the Lord resides, Prahlada replied that the Lord resides everywhere. Mocking this response, Hiranyakashipu broke a pillar in his palace, and the Lord appeared from that pillar in his half man-half lion incarnation – Narasimha. He then killed the demon and thus protected his devotee. Lord Narasimha Deva removes the obstacles in the path of devotional service. Devotees who pray to him are always protected from all kinds of calamities. At Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir, devotees celebrate Narasimha Chaturdasi by discussing the pastimes of the Lord from Srimad Bhagavatam. In the evening, Abhishek ceremony is performed for Deity of Lord Narasimha Deva as well as for his devotee Prahlada.