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Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Jayanti 2021

 

    Sri Narasimha Jayanti is celebrated in the month of Vrishabha masam during Chathurthasi thidi. In that day it is celebrated with religious favor in Puttakonda, Andhra Pradesh when utsava Narasimha moorthy’s are decorated after abhishekam and specail poojas are performed. On that day evening Utsavam is celebrated grandly by the all the devotees at Puttakonda

Sri Vaishnava Narasimha Jayanti, 2021 date is 25 th May, Tuesday. Narasimha Jayanti is an important festival of Hindu and celebrated to venerate Lord Maha Vishnu’s incarnation as Narasimha−the fourth and the greatest Avatara (incarnation) that signifies Lord’s omnipresence.

Bhajans and birth Kirtans are sung in praise of Lord Narasimha−the half man-half lion avatara during this festival. Devotees offer prayers to the lion headed Lord especially during the evening twilight period.

    Significance of Narasimha Jayanti One significant aspect of Narasimha-Avatara shows Lord’s unparalleled ferocity matching His gentleness towards His devotees.

    “Srimad payonidhi nikethana chakra pane
Bhogeendra Bhoga mani rajitha punya moorthe
Yogeesha shaswatha sharanya Bhabdhi potha
Lakshmi Nrsimha Mama Dehi Karavalambam”

    Meaning: Oh Great God Lakshmi Nrsimha, Who lives in the ocean of milk, Who holds the holy wheel as weapon, Who wears the gems on the head, Of Adhishesha as ornaments, Who has the form of good and holy deeds, Who is the permanent protector of sages, And who is the boat which helps us cross, This ocean of misery called life, Please give me the protection of your hands.

    There is no incarnation of Lord Narayana that is greater than the Nrusimha avataram nor is there a deity that is equal to or greater Than Bhagavan Nrusimha. The Veda is replete with His glory. A sampling of Vedic hymns reflecting this fact can be found in the following places:

1. The Purusha Sooktham of the sama vEdam glorifies Bhagavan Nrusimha in the opening anuvakam through the “sa BhUmim sarvathO vruthvA” referring to His omniscient nature.

2. The shanty mantram of the MundakOpanishad glorifies Bhagavan Nrusimha “Bhadram KarNe BishruNuyAma dhevA: Bhadram PashyEmAkshaBhiryajatrA: SthiraiRangaIsthushTuvAmsastanUBhirvyashema Devahitam YadAyu:” (Meaning: Oh Lord! May we be blessed to hear auspicious sounds with our ears. May our eyes behold all things auspicious. Praising the Lord with sturdy limbs and bodies may we live the full−life span as ordained by the Lord.

3. Further testimony to vedic glorification of Bhagavan Nrusimha is found in the mantram “svasthina indhrO vruddhasravA : svasthina pooshA vishva vEdhA: , svastinasthArkshyO arishtanEmi: svasthinO bruhaspathir dhaDhAtu” May He, who is the Lord of unbounded knowledge, bless us with prosperity. He who is the sustainer of all; May He, who is the source of all Vedas, bless us with prosperity. May He, who confers the wealth of horses and cows bless us with prosperity. May He, who rules over all elements guarantee our welfare.

4. The taittriya Upanishad glorifies Bhagavan Nrusimha as “BhIshAsmAth vAtha: pavathE BhIshOdhEthi sUrya: BhIshAsmAth agnischEndhrascha mruthyur DhAvathi panchama ithi” Out of fear of the awe−inspiring one (Bhagavan Nrusimha) the wind−God (vAyu) performs his assigned function; Out of fear of Him, the Sun carries out his prescribed duties; Out of fear of Him, agni (Lord of fire), Indra (king of the Devas) and Yama (God of death) perform their respective duties.

5. The Mahanarayana Upanishad glorifies Bhagavan Nrusimha through the mantram “ya AtmadhA baladhA yasya vishva upAsathE prashiSham yasya dhEvA: yasya cChayA amrutam yO mrutyumrutyu: kasmai dhEvAya haviShA viDhEma” He who bestows refuge to those who seek His protection, He who gives strength to experience Himself, He whose divine command is implicitly obeyed by all beings, He to whom gods like Indra are all subservient, He whom immortality follows like a shadow and He who is death to death itself, to that Lord all creatures may we offer the oblation in form of our atman. This mantram is most important in context of performing SharaNagati to the Lotus feet of Bhagavan Nrusimha and contains several layers of inner meanings.

    The Azhwars wax eloquent in their praise of Bhagavan Nrusimha:

1. For example PeriyAzhwar maps the entire mantrarajapada Stotram into Tamil in his glorification of Bhagavan Nrusimha

2. Tirumangai Azhwar sings his glory in the singavElkundram verses.

3. Swami NammAzhwar, who is an avowed lover of Lord Krishna, desires to see none other than Bhagavan Nrusimha even in Srivaikuntam (en singapirAn perumai).

 
 

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