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Nrsimha Caturdasi

Nrsimha Caturdasi is celebrated on fourteenth day on the second half of Vaisakha (Madhusudana). This holiday celebrates the advent of Lord Nrsimhadeva, the fiercest incarnation of Krsna. Lord Nrsimhadeva came on earth to protect his devotee, Prahlad Maharaja, from the evil and atheistic clutches of his father, Hiranyakasipu. Devotees usually celebrate this day by reading Nrsimha lila found in the seventh canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Other ways devotees celebrate this day is by chanting the Nrsimha kavaca mantra (Om Hrim Pram Ksraum) one hundred eight times. In addition, devotees perform a complete fast until sunset.

 

To understand how Lord Nrsimhadeva appeared, please visit Canto 7 of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

 

UPDATED: August 31, 2010