Lord Narasimhadevas Roars for the Protection of the Devotees
Posted May 10, 2009
HH Gaura Govinda Maharaja would sometimes ask his diciples.Are you seeing Krsnaā Are you seeing Shyamasundaraā We all know from Brahma Samhita:
santah sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti
yam Syāmasundaram acintya-guṇa-svarūpam
govindam ādi-puruṣam tam aham bhajāmi
I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Śyāmasundara, Kṛṣṇa Himself with inconceivable innumerable attributes, whom the pure devotees see in their heart of hearts with the eye of devotion tinged with the salve of love.
Gopa Kumara when he came to Mahar Loka saw how all the sages saw so many different forms like Lord Narasimha manifest to them . On earth this direct perception of the Lord is also possbile. Krsna states
yo mam pasyati sarvatra sarvam ca mayi pasyati
tasyaham na pranasyami sa ca me na pranasyati
"For one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, I am never lost, nor is he ever lost to Me" (Bhagavad-gita 6.30).
Prahlada Maharaja is the personification of remembering Narasimhadeva:
"Prahlada Maharaja, he was put into so many difficulties by his atheist father, Hiranyakasipu, but he was simply remembering Narayana, Krsna. Because he was a child, five years old, how he ca n fight with his fatherā His father was the greatest demon, powerful, and he was against the child. So he used to simply think of Krsna, smaranam."
Srila Prabhupada Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam, 02-22-73, Auckland
Sri Prahlada Maharaja appeared again as Haridas Thakura . On the maha-prakasa day, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu embraced Haridasa Thakura and informed him that he was n one other than an incarnation of Prahlada Maharaja.
Just imagine Prahlada Maharaja was being thrown of a cliff, the spot is still there at Varaha Narasimha temple at Simhacalam in Andhra Pradesh.
There the Lord appeared to him as half Varaha form and half Narasimha.The face of Lord Varaha and the body of Lord Narasimha.
What is the significance ā Because Hiranyaksa was killed by Lord Varaha ..by appearing in this form ,Varaha Narasimha was assuring Prahlada Maharaja : I have killed your demoniac uncle Hiranyaksa--and soon I will kill your father Hiranyakasipu.
Later after Hiranyakasipu was killed along with all his soldiers at Ahovalam..Lord Narasimhadeva disappeared and manifested Himself as Varaha Narasimha Deity at Simhacalam..the hill of Lord Narasimha.At this place Prahlada was installed as the king by Brahma himself as confirmed in the Sthala Puranas there.And the worship of Varaha Narasimha was started by Prahlada Maharaja himself in the assocaition of Lord Brahma and other sages.Later in Treta yuga this temple worship got neglected, and Urvasi and king Pururava ,rediscovered Varaha Narasimha on their pleasure travels in a h eavenly vimana ( airplane) through out the universe.
Lord Varaha Narasimha told them to always cover His transcendental body with Candana --around this time in the month of Vaisakha (the month of may) this chandan gets replaced ,and for one day only you can see Varaha Narasimha in His actual murti form otherwise the rest of the year He is covered in chandana (sandalwood) and looks like a large Siva Linga.Later Sri Ramanujacaray came to this place and Sri Vaisnavas have worshippled Varaha Narasimha ever since.If you go to this temple you will be amazed about the prasadam, that has been offered to Lord Varaha Narasimha.Lord Caitanya also visited this placed and danced in ecstacy in front of Lord Varaha Narasimha .Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada has installed the lotusfootprint of Lord Caitanya under a giant banyan tree to honor Mahaprabhu visiting this sacred place.
The Ganga is manifested from a spring in the mountain and pilgrims take bath there.Srila Prabhupada went there with devotees, it has been mentioned in Prabhupada lilamrta.Srila Prabhupadas dear godbrother HH Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Maharaja also opened a temple there nearby in Visakhapatnam.
Lord Narasimha is roaring to protect his devotees while he devotees is chanting His holy name:
In Srimad Bhagavatam 6.834 we find this mantra:
vidikṣu dikṣūrdhvam adhaḥ samantād
antar bahir bhagavān nārasiḿhaḥ
prahāpayan loka-bhayaḿ svanena
Prahlāda Mahārāja lou dly chanted the holy name of Lord Nṛsiḿhadeva. May Lord Nṛsiḿhadeva, roaring for His devotee Prahlāda Mahārāja, protect us from all fear of dangers created by stalwart leaders in all directions through poison, weapons, water, fire, air and so on. May the Lord cover their influence by His own transcendental influence. May Nṛsiḿhadeva protect us in all directions and in all corners, above, below, within and without.
May Lord Narasimha kindly roar while we chant His holy names, assuring us protection.At Ahovalam the pujaris sometimes he ar the angry roar of Lord Narasimhadeva and the ground is trebling as if He reappeared.I pray I may one day hear the roaring of my worshiabel Lord Narasimha as he kills the asuras in all directions, and He establishes a God conscious society ,Krsna consciousness will then again be prominet in the life of all on this planet.When wil we hear Lord Narasimha roar for us His devotees as He did for Sri Prahlada MaharajaāMay Lord Narasimhadevas roar and laughter vibrate throughout this planet and the whole univers we live in and protect all members of ISKCON:
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.8.14
durgeṣv aṭavy-āji-mukhādiṣu prabhuḥ
pāyān nṛsiḿho 'sura-yūthapāriḥ
vimuñcato yasya mahC4ṭṭa-hāsaḿ
diśo vinedur nyapataḿś ca garbhāḥ
May Lord Nṛsiḿhadeva, who appeared as the enemy of Hiraṇyakaśipu, protect me in all directions. His loud=2 0laughing vibrated in all directions and caused the pregnant wives of the asuras to have miscarriages. May that Lord be kind enough to protect me in difficult places like the forest and battlefront.
May Lord Narasimhadeva bless everyone with the sight of His auspiscious form, and make them all His devotees.
We can all remember this nice prayer of Sri Prahlada Maharaja as it is not to long:
SB 5.18.11: By associating with persons for whom the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mukunda, is the all in all, one can hear of His powerful activities and soon come to understand them. The activities of Mukunda are so potent that simply by hearing of them one immediately associates with the Lord. For a person who constantly and very eagerly hears narrations of the Lord's powerful activities, the Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead in the form of sound vibrations, enters within his heart and cleanses it of all contamination. On the other hand, although bathing in the Ganges diminishes bodily contaminations and infections, this process and the process of visiting holy places can cleanse the heart only after a long time. Therefore who is the sane man who will not associate with devotees to quickly perfect his lifeā
With much love and affection for all devotees of Lord Narasimha.
Sri Narasimhadeva ki jaya
Sri Prahlada Maharaja ki jaya
Srila Haridasa Thakura ki jaya