Vaishakha Shukla Chaturdashi is celebrated as Narasimha Jayanti. Lord Narasimha was the 4th incarnation of Lord Vishnu where he appeared as a man-lion that is the face was like a lion and the trunk was like a man, to kill Demon Hiranyakashipu.
On Narasimha Jayanti day devotees take Sankalp during Madhyahna (Hindu afternoon period) and perform Lord Narasimha Pujan during Sanyakal before sunset. It is believed that Lord Narasimha was appeared during sunset while Chaturdashi was prevailing.
The Spiritual aspect of Narasimha Jayanti is to remove Adharma, Ego, Hatred (Hiranyakashipu within us) and to follow the path of Dharma. Dharma means to perform correct deeds and not harm anyone.
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Shrimad Bhagavatam or the Bhagavata Purana katha:
Shrimad Bhagavatam or the Bhagavata Purana describes the pastimes of Lord Narasimha, and Prahlada Maharaja, son of the demonic King Hiranyakashipu of Multan, a region of the present-day Punjab. Prahlada was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. The King had always held grudge against Lord Vishnu who had killed his brother, Hiranyaksha. Therefore the King also despised his son Prahlada. It is not that the King always hated him since beginning. He wanted to have his son receive the best of education under proficient teachers Sanda and Amarka.
The teachers tried their best to educate him in the field of politics, economics, architecture and other sciences but Prahlada was absorbed in the Hari Bhakti, devotion to the Lord Hari (Vishnu or Krishna). Despite many attempts when the teachers failed, the King chastised them. When they informed him about other students listening to him, the King go angry. He keeping his anger under controlled affectionately asked Prahlada who was in his lap: ‘Son, where did you learn this Vishnu Bhakti?’ To which the son said: “those who are attached to family life do not develop prema (love) for Lord Vishnu, either personally or collectively. Instead, they suffer repeated birth and death in this material world and continue simply chewing the chewed. The duty of every man is to take shelter of a pure devotee and thus become eligible to understand the Lord”.
The King who wanted to be worshiped as God despised his son Prahlada, the ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. He tried to get him killed in many ways but failed. Finally he told his evil sister Holika to kill Prahlada by setting him on a pyre. Holika who tried to burn Prahlada was herself devoured by fire burning her to ashes. Later the King asked his son that if God is great, where is He? Does He living in these columns of my palace? Prahlada said: Yes He lives everywhere. The King then laughed at his reply. And then all of a sudden there was a tumultuous sound as Lord Vishnu in His Narasimha avatar emerged out of the columns and killed the self-proclaimed King!
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