Narasimha Chaturdashi, When Celebrate Narasingh Chaturdashi
Chaturdashi (14th) of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh Month is the day when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Narasimha or Narsinghdev. Hence the name Narasimha Chaturdashi or Narasingh Chaturdashi.
Narasimha Chaturdashi Vrata:
It is believed that Lord Narasimha appeared at the time of dusk so Hindu devotees fast till dusk. Narasimha Chaturdashi vrata is observed by Hindus of all the castes and creed.
Narasimha Chaturdashi Rites & Rituals:
One should bathe enchanting Vedic Mantras (sermons). Thereafter sanitize the area with Gobar (cow dung). Thereafter establish a Kalasha with Copper and a gem in it. An Ashtadal Kamal (eight petal lotus) is drawn on it. Thereafter rice DAliya of rice is kept on it and idol of Lord Narasimha established on it and worshiped in Vedic way.
Brahmins are donated land, cow, til (sesame seed), gold, or clothes. Anyone who worships Lord Narasimha this way on Narasimha Chaturdashi has all his sins cleansed.
Narasimha Chaturdashi Legend:
Lord Narasimha symbolizes Strength and Bravery. Erstwhile Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar had an image of Narasimha as their National symbol. It is said that in era gone by there was a king by name of Kashyapa. He had two sons Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu by his wide Diti. Hiranyaksha was killed by the Varaha incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu was infuriated by this. He started worshipping Lord Brahma and at last he succeeded in securing a boon from Brahma that he would not die on earth or in space, nor in fire or water, not during the day or night, not inside or outside and not by the hand of a human, god, animal or any other animate or inanimate species.
With these powers and arrogance he started annexing other parts of universe and killing Vishnu devotees. With passage of time he had three sons, Anuhlad, Sanhlad and Prahlad. Opposite to his father, Prahlad was great devotee of Lord Vishnu. When Hiranyakashipu came to know about this, he tried to kill his son but Lord Vishnu saved his devotee every time. Being agitated by his son’s devotion, he asked Prahlad that where his god was? To which Prahlad replied that God Vishnu was everywhere. Hiranyakashipu asked whther he was in the pillar too? To which Prahlad replied in affirmative. In his fit of infuriation Hiranyakashipu broke the pillar and from the rubble of that Lord Narasimha stormed out.
Narasimha was neither Human nor animal nor god. He carried Hiranyakashipu and put him on his lap(neither earth nor space) and sat on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out) and killed him with his nails(neither animate nor inanimate weapon) at dusk (when it is neither day nor night).
Prahlad asked Lord Vishnu why he loved him so much over the many other sages who worshipped him. To this Lord Vishnu replied that in last birth he was a Brahmin by name of Vasudev who loved a prostitute. She used to keep Chaturdashi vrata and in her company you also used to keep the fast and due to this he was attached to him/ whoever fasts this day have all their sins cleansed and go to Vaikunthvas.