Narasimha Jayanti is a Hindu festival and auspicious day that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is celebrated on Vaisakh Chaturdashi of Shukla Paksha.
Narasimha Jayanti 2019 to 2025 Dates
|2019||Friday, 17th of May|
|2020||Wednesday, 6th of May|
|2021||Tuesday, 25th of May|
|2022||Saturday, 14th of May|
|2023||Thursday, 4th of May|
|2024||Tuesday, 21st of May|
|2025||Sunday, 11th of May|
Legend of Narasimha Jayanti
As per legend, Hiranyakashypu had received a unique boon from Lord Brahma due to which Hiranyakashypu could not be defeated by anyone. His atrocities increased and he even tried killing his own son Prahlad who was a Lord Vishnu devotee. In order to protect Prahlad Lord Vishnu took the form of Narshimha and killed Hiranyakashypu proving that in this world only Dharma can prevail.
Vishnu took the Narshimha avatar on Vaisakh Chaturdashi day in order to kill the demon Hiranyakashipu. This was the fourth incarnation of the Lord in which he had the face of a lion and the body of a man. The Narshimha form appeared during sunset and hence the rituals are carried out during sunset.
Rituals obsereved on Narasimha Jayanti
On this day devotees observe fast. They get up early in the morning, take bath and make preparations for the pooja. The picture of Lord Narshimha and Goddess Laxmi is placed on the altar and they are worshipped by the devotees. Gram dal and jaggery is offered to the idols. Sweets, kumkum, kesar, flowers etc are offered to the Lord. The Narasimha mantra is recited by using the rudraksha mala. Devotees donate clothes, sesame seeds, precious metals etc on this day to the poor people.
People have to keep the fast till next day morning. It is believed that fasting on this day will give respite from all problems. There are many Narasimha Swamy Temples in South India that are dedicated to Lord Narasimha along with his consort Goddess Lakshmi and special pooja and celebrations are carried out in the temple on this day. The temple is decorated and mantras are recited in the temple. Devotees come to the temple on this day and pray to the almighty.
What should we learn from this Hindu festival?
This is a festival which teaches man that it is important to do good deeds in order get the best in life.
This festival teaches a person that if he walks on the path of adharma then he will meet an end that Hiranyakashypu met. Every human being must always choose the path of dharma in order to get the blessings of the Lord.