Nrisimha Chaturdasi Wednesday May 26th

On May 26th 2010 we will be celebrating Nrisimha Chaturdasi. This day is the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva who is Lord Krishna’s incarnation as half man, half lion. When the evil king Hiranyakashipu found that his son Prahlad was continuously praying to Krishna and coaxing his schoolmates to become devotees of the Lord, he was furious. He began to terrorize and torture his young son, until finally Krishna, in the form of Nrsimhadeva, burst from a pillar in Hiranyakashipu’s palace and slew the evil king to protect His devotee. Vaishnavas the world over pray to Lord Nrsimhadeva for protection, particularly in dangerous circumstances.

During Nrisimha Chaturdasi devotees and temples all over the world celebrate the apprearance and the pastimes of Lord Nrisimhadeva.

On the auspicious occasion of Nrsimha-caturdasi, we pray to Lord Nrsimhadeva that just as He saved Prahlada from the demon Hiranyakasipu, He will appear in our hearts and save us from the demon like desires for fruitive activity in this world–and from the desire to escape the world by merging into the existence of God, by becoming one with God. He should free us from every desire or tendency other than to serve and please Krsna, which we can best accomplish, especially in this age, by chanting His holy names: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

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