Appearance day of Lord Narasimha : 14th Lunar day of the waxing phase of Vaisakha lunar month is celebrated as the appearance day of Lord Narasimha.
Starts: 9:53 am PDT (California time), Thursday, May 19, 2016
Ends: 12:12 pm PDT (California time), Friday, May 20, 2016
SIGNIFICANCE: Lord Vishnu’s 4th incarnation was in the form of half-lion/half-man, known as Narasimha (Nara means man and Simha means lion). In this particular incarnation, he saved the life of his devotee Prahalād from his father who was a demon king Hiranyakashipu. Hiranyakashipu was dead against his son’s devotion to lord Vishnu. He challenged his son that if his Vishnu is real, he should appear in front of him and save him. Lord Vishnu did. Hiranyakashipu had received a boon that he cannot be killed by a man or an animal, he cannot be killed during day or night time, he cannot be killed inside or outside, he cannot be killed on the earth or in the sky and he cannot be killed by any weapon. So lord Narasimha (who was neither a man nor an animal) killed Hiranyakashipu at dusk (neither day nor night time) at the doorway (neither inside, nor outside), on his lap (neither on the earth nor in the skies) by piercing his chest with his nails (without any weapon). Lord Vishnu always answers the prayers of his sincere devotees.
Narasimha Mahā Mantra:
Lord Rām was already exhausted in the battle fighting the demons. And now he was faced with the all-powerful Rāvana who was well prepared for the ensuing battle. Lord Rām was in deep thought while looking at Rāvana with full concentration. Sage Agastya and all other Gods had come to witness this epic battle. Seeing the worry and tiredness on Lord Rām’s face, sage Agastya came to Lord Rām and gave him the secret wisdom of Sun worship through Āditya Hridayam.
There are 31 verses in Āditya Hridayam and the following 2 are my favorite.
राम राम महाबाहो शृणु गुह्यं सनातनम् |
येन् सर्वानरीन वत्स समरे विजयिष्यसि ||
Rām Rām Mahābāho Shrunu Guhyam Sanātanam |
Yen Sarvānrin Vatsa Samare Vijayishyasi ||
MEANING: ‘O Rama’, ‘O Mighty armed elegant Rama’, listen carefully to the eternal secret by which, ‘O my child’, you shall conquer all your enemies on the battle field and win against your adversaries.
सर्वमङ्गल माङ्गल्यं सर्वपापप्रणाशनम् ||
Sarva Mangal Māngalyam Sarvapāp Pranāshanam |
Chintā Shok Prashamana Māyurvardhan-Muttamam ||
MEANING: This supreme prayer is the best amongst auspicious verses, it will destroy all sins, dispel all doubts, alleviate worry and sorrow, anxiety and anguish, and will give longevity and complete prosperity.
FULL HYMN: This is my favorite rendition of Aditya Hridayam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIKjaNjN2rA.
Chanting of Āditya Hridayam is especially beneficial on Sundays.
Om Suryāya Namaha!
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