What is the significance of Narasimha Jayanti?
Narasimha Jayanti falling on 20th May 2016 (Friday)
on Vaishakha Shukla Chaturdashi marks the birth of Lord Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu who descended to vanquish the demonic King Hiranyakashapu. Bhagavata Purana mentions a story of Hiranyakashipu the demoniac king of Multan, a region of the present-day Punjab. The King who wanted to be worshiped as God despised his son Prahlada, the ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. He told his evil sister Holika to kill Prahlada by setting him on a pyre. Holika who tried to burn Prahlada was herself devoured by fire burning her to ashes. Later the King attempting to kill his son was annihilated by Lord Vishnu in His Narasimha avatar.
Vaishakha Shukla Chaturdashi with Swati Nakshatra is extremely auspicious to observe Narasimha Jayanti Vratam. Just like on Ekadashi, one should have a single meal on the day prior to Narasimha Jayanti. One should not eat anything of grains and cereals. Breaking of the fast is to be done on the next day of the jayanti.
Vedic scriptures mention that Lord Narasimha was born when sun was setting during Chaturdashi. One may take a sankalpa on this jayanti in the afternoon and execute Narasimha Puja before sunset. Also one should have ‘jagaran’ (night vigil) and perform a visarjan puja the next day in the morning. Once the puja is done, one can break the fast.
Also one can perform Pratyangira Devi Puja, Mantra Japa and Yajna (Homa) on this day. Goddess Pratyangira Devi immerged from Lord Shiva’s third eye and calmed down Lord Narasimha after the death of Hiranyakashapu. She defends a house against black magic, witch craft, diseases and misfortune.
The most powerful and effective spiritual practice is the installation of Narsimha Yantra. It is to be kept in the East portion of the house facing west. East is the governing direction of solar deity- Sun and Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of Abundance. It is considered the most auspicious of all directions from where positive energy enters your house. When Yantra is placed here, its energy spreads in the entire home to ward away malefic and purify all negativities and usher in good luck, peace, prosperity, harmony and health.