Narasimha Jayanti is one of the prominent Hindu festivals celebrated to mark the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Narasimha which is made of two Sanskrit words ‘Nara’ meaning man and ‘Simha’ meaning lion.
Narasimha describes the half human half lion avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Every year, Narasimha Jayanti is celebrated on Chaturdashi Tithi of Shukla Paksha in Vaishakha month. The day is also called Narasimha Chaturdashi. This year, Narsimha Jayanti is coming on May 14.
Narasimha Jayanti 2022 history
According to the purans, Prahlad, an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, used to pray to the Lord day and night which was not liked by his father, King Hiranyakashipu who made many attempts to kill Prahlad but never succeeded in his intentions.
To protect Prahlad and to end the evil, Lord Vishnu appeared in half lion and half human body and killed Hiranyakashipu to mark the win of good over evil. Scriptures say that Lord Vishnu turned Lord Narsimha during the sunset on Vaishakha Chaturdashi which is why Puja is done during the same time. The day also signifies the following Dharma.
Narasimha Jayanti 2022 date and time
According to the Panchang, Chaturdashi Tithi will begin at 03:23 pm on May 14 and will be in effect till 12:46 pm on May 15. Narasimha Jayanti will be observed on May 14.
Narasimha Jayanti 2022 worship
Lord Narasimha is mostly worshipped in evening as it is believed that Lord Vishnu took the avatar in the evening time. The auspicious timings, this year, to worship Lord Narasimha is from 04:22 pm to 07:04 pm on May 14.
Narasimha Jayanti 2022 fasting rules
Hindu devotees observe a day-long fast on Narasimha Jayanti. They wake up early during the Brahma muhurta and wear new clothes after taking a bath. Then, they keep a fast on this day starting from sunrise until the next day’s sunrise. During the fasting period, devotees have one meal in the day that exclude any kind of cereals or grains.