Narasimha Jayanti Mantra
Om Ugram Veeram Mahavishnum Jwalnetam Sarvthomugham
Narasimham Bheeshanam Bhadram Mrityu Mrityu Namabhayaham
ॐ उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं
नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्यु
Narasimha Jayanti is observed on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaisakha month (April – May). It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha on the day to destroy demon Hiranyakashipu.
How to Observe Puja and Fasting on Narasimha Jayanti Day?
In morning after taking bath perform Puja to Narasimha with dhoop, lamp, flowers, fruits and naivedya (prasad food). Then chant Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra.
After this take a vessel full of water and offer it to Surya and begin the fast.
Start the fasting with this mantra
ओम विष्णु: विष्णु: विष्णु:
– नृसिंह देवदेवेश तव जन्मदिने शुभे उपवास करिष्यामी सर्वभोगवर्जित:
Those devotees fasting on Narasimha Jayanthi day visit Lord Vishnu temples. Fasting is from sunrise to sunset. Those opting for partial fast can consume milk, fruits, and food items not made using rice and grains.
Prayers dedicated to Narasimha are chanted on the day. The best prayer is to read about the avatar of Narasimha in the Bhagavata PuranaPeople also give alms on the day and perform Annadhanam (donate food to poor). Donating food to poor children is highly meritorious on the day.
It is believed that those people who observe Narasimha Jayanti vratham will reach the ‘Vaikunta’ – abode of Vishnu.
Evening Puja at Twilight is Important
The most important puja on the day is performed evening when there is twilight – Narasimha appeared during twilight just after sunset.
The deity should be offered milk, sugar, curd, ghee and butter during the evening puja.
After this the fast is broken by taking Charanamrit.
Story of the Appearance of Narasimha
Demon Hiranyakashipu had obtained a boon from Brahma that he could not be killed by man or beast, by day or by night and from inside or outside. And also he could not be killed by any weapon.
After receiving such a powerful boon, Hiranyakasipu conquered heaven and earth and declared himself as God and asked people to worship him and not Vishnu.
But Hiranyakashipu’s son, Prahlāda, was a staunch Vishnu devotee and disobeyed his father. The whole kingdom worshiped Hiranyakasipu, but in his own house, his son worshiped Vishnu. Father tried all means to change his son, but he failed miserably. He then tried to kill but each time the young boy escaped from the clutches of death with the blessings of Vishnu.
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