Narsimha Caturdashi

Narsimha Caturdashi Narsimha Caturdashi – Appearance Day of Lord Lord Narsimha Dev Narsimha Caturdashi Celebrations at ISKCON Pondicherry Friday, May 24th 2013   In the purport of 7.8.51 of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada writes, “The Supreme Personality of Godhead in His transcendental form of Lord Narsimhadev is always ready to kill the demons who always create disturbances in the minds of honest devotees. To spread the Krishna consciousness movement, devotees have to face many dangers and impediments all over the world, but a faithful servant who preaches with great devotion to the Lord must know that Lord Narsimhadev is always his protector”.   Lord Narsimhadev is therefore worshipped by the devotees as their Supreme Protector and they also pray that He vanquishes all obstacles they may face on the path of devotional service. So it is with much enthusiasm that the devotees come to together to worship the Lord on this day of His appearance in the material world.   We cordially invite everyone to participate in the festival and enjoy the unlimited blessings of the Lord Narasimha. Fasting is until dusk so the programme is celebrated in the evening on 24th of May 2013, Friday at ISKCON Puducherry, No.2-B, 7th Cross Corner, Krishna Nagar Main Road, Krishna Nagar, Puducherry – 605 008, from 5.30 p.m onwards with lecture, arati and prasadam.    Event Description & Schedule:  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm –  Kirtan  • 6:30 pm-7:00 pm –  Thulsi Puja • 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm  – Gaura-Arati  • 7:30 pm-8:30 pm –  Class on the Glories of Lord Nrisinghadeva • 8:30 pm: Prasadam   Brief Story of Narsimhadev Lord Narsimhadev is the most ferocious form of Krishna. Krishna took this formidable form of half-man, half-lion to protect his pure five-year old devotee, Prahlad Maharaj. The father of Prahlad Maharaj was Hiranyakashipu, the greatest demon of his time, who thought he was invincible. He had received boons from Lord Brahma that he would never be killed by a man or an animal, or by any weapon, that he would not see death during the night or day, inside a building or outside and that he would neither die on land nor in the sky.    While Prahlad Maharaj, Hiranyakashipu’s son, was in his mother’s womb, his mother was captive in Narada Muni’s ashram. As a result, mother and child were constantly listening to transcendental narrations of Krishna and Prahlad was born a pure devotee of Krishna.   Prahlad returned to his demon father’s kingdom where his materialistic education was ensured. However, instead of taking the instructions of his demoniac teachers, Sanda and Amarka, he would defeat them. Furthermore, he convinced all his school friends that worship of Vishnu was better than wasting one’s childhood in futile play. Sanda and Amarka were afraid that Prahlad would become a devotee instead of a materialistic leader like his father so they approached Hiranyakashipu for help.   Despite all combined efforts of these demons, Prahlad was unflinching in his determination to serve Lord Krishna. Hiranyakashipu could not tolerate his defeat in bringing up the heir to his throne. He tried to kill Prahlad by having him thrown off a cliff, thrown into a pit of snakes, plunged into boiling oil, administered poison through his food but in each case Krishna protected His devotee and Prahlad remained hurt.    Hiranyakashipu was infuriated that he was not able to kill his son. About to himself attempt to kill his son, he challenged Prahlad: “Where do you get your strength from?” Prahlad replied, “From the same person who gives you strength my father. His name is Vishnu. He resides everywhere”. The demon could tolerate no more. In anger he pointed...