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Narasimha Jayanti - 2009
« on: May 07, 2009, 11:37:06 AM »
Narasimha Jayanti, is celebrated today, the Vaishaka, Sukla Paksha
Chaturdasi.  Narasimha is said to help the suffering devotees instanteously, as he appeared as man-lion from the pillar for Prahlada.  Narasimha is imaged as Siva Vishnu Swarupa, the upper part being Siva, the Fire and the lower part being Vishnu, the all-pervading.  In Andhara there are many Narasimha temples, like Ahobilam, Simhachalam etc.,  He is said to be ugra-swarupa, a fiery form and giver of boons.  He is prayed usually with Lakshmi as Lakshmi Narasimha in a more convenient shanta-swarupa.  There is a sloka called Mantra Raja Stavam, which is usually chanted for Narasimha worship.  It also contains moola mantra of Narasimha,
which starts as Ugram Veeram Mahavishnum......

The story goes that Narasimha could not subside his anger for long and he was roaming everywhere in an angry posture.  Siva came as
Sarabha, a mythological bird, with large feathers, and a queer animal face, with protruding teeth, and embraced Narasimha to quell his anger. This Saraba is called Sarabeswara and in Tiruvidaimaruthur Siva temple, near Kumbakonam, one can see Sarabeswara image. 

Arunachala Siva.