The devotees of ISKCON Mayapur celebrated Narasimha Chaturdashi, the divine appearance day of Lord Narasimha Deva in the temple on Tuesday, 9th May. The festivities was spread over three days, starting on 7th when devotees fetched water from Ganga with zeal. On 8th-morning Maha-Sudarshan homa was performed and grand Lakshmi Narasimha palanquin procession was taken out in the evening. 12 hour non-stop kirtan was being rendered by devotees to mark the celebrations. In the wee hours Mangal Arti was performed, discourses from Srimad Bhagwatam glorifying the pastimes of the Lord Narasimha Deva was recited by senior devotees on 9th followed by “Darshan Arti”. At dusk, hour-long “Maha-Abhisheka” of the deity was performed by using fragrant oil, perfumes, honey, ghee, yogurt and fruit juices. It was an amazing spectacle when hundreds of devotees raised their arms danced in ecstasy while chanting Narasimha prayers. The fragrance of the oils and melodious chanting by the devotees filled the air with spiritual bliss.
The appearance day of Lord Narasimha Deva is significant because it reinforces the faith that Lord Krishna incarnates in various forms as a savior of His beloved devotee and destroyer of evil. Lord Narsimha Dev appeared to protect the devotional service of Bhaktraj Prahlad and annihilate the demon Hiranyakashipu, hence He is worshiped among Gaudiya Vaishnavas as the One who eliminates the hurdles in the path of the devotee so that he can render his service to the Lord ceaselessly.
The entire temple campus was being beautifully decorated by colorful flowers, dazzling lights. Devotees arrived in huge numbers with great joy and enthusiasm to observe this festival. Besides almost 6000 resident devotees, approximately 500 devotees came from various states of India and adjoining areas, specifically to participate in this festival.
To watch the recording of the celebration: https://youtu.be/xJXS-HUhY20