Lord Narasimha and Divine Mother Chinnamasta Devi Jayanti (18th May 2019)
The fourth avatar of Lord Viṣṇu, the Preserver and Sustainer, is Lord Narasiṃha. It is stated in the Holy Bhagavad Gita, that whenever there is a complete loss and breakdown of dharma (justice) and the dominance of evil in this world, there will be an emergence of an avatar of Lord Viṣṇu, to correct the wrongs and set the balance.
As per the legend, the emperor of all the three realms Hiraṇyakaśipu, became extremely arrogant over his achievements and power and advocated to the people that he should be treated as a god and prayed to, as the Supreme power. Those who resisted his dictates were tortured. Although the emperor was able to subdue most of his subjects, he was unsuccessful in convincing his own son Prahlāda, who claimed that none can be higher than the Supreme Being Nārāyaṇa and urged his father to seek the forgiveness of Lord Viṣṇu. Angered over the disobedience of his son, Hiraṇyakaśipu subjected his son Prahlāda to all forms of torture, which had no impact on him, as the Lord had protected him during every torture and prevented all calamities. Finally, Hiraṇyakaśipu asks his son to show him the location of Lord Viṣṇu, so he could defeat Him and declare himself supreme. ...Read More