Nrusimha Chaudas

Time: Vaishakh Sud Chaudas
Festival description:
Vastra (Clothing): Kesari (orange), kulhe-jod, Diamonds & Pearls
Shringar: Vaagh nakh (tiger’s nail) are specially worn today.
Aarti: Aarti picture

Pushti Elucidation:

Manifestation as of Shri Krshna’s mouth (mukharvind), story of Pralhad & his father Hiranyakashyapu.

Panchamrut (liquid made by mixing milk, curd, sugar, honey & ghee) snaan to Shri Shaligram who is also worshipped with Shri Thakorji. After Panchamrut snaan, snaan with water & sandalwood. Then, Shri Shaligram is throne near Shri Thakorji.

This festival is celebrated as a triumph of daivi (divine) shrushti over asuri (devilish) shrushti. Father Hiranyakashyapu asked his son Pralhad, to embrace the hot red pillar to prove that the God whom he always prays & doesn’t obey his (fathers) commands (not to believe in God), will save him.

God burst out of the pillar in a form having lower half human body & upper half lion body & killed Hiranyakashyapu.

The main education (bodh) as regards Pushtimarg from this story is that this is a clear illustration (praman) of sport of Bramha. God is ‘Aksharbramhatmak’ and is omni present, even in inanimate world. This is proved by Nrusinha avtaar. The principle of Bramhavad is proved i.e. God exists everywhere may it be stone, metal, cloth, Shringar, picture etc. He is there in the form of “Aksharbramha”.

Shri Mahaprabhuji wants to preach us that if we have the same love for God as Pralhad had, then God will abide to the wishes of the devotee & will manifest Himself in the house of the devotee to respond to his sentiment of devotion. This is the real secret behind “Bhavpratishtha” (making Thakorji ‘Pushta’) of our deity. “Enam udhdharishyami” eti tatha mrudadehe pradurbhutaha pratimarganusaren”. According to this quotation, God’s manifestation depends on the wish/anxiety of the devotee; otherwise Harinyakashyapu could have been killed without manifestation. But to justify Pralhadji’s faith in Him, He came out of the pillar as Nrusinha Avataar. In short from Aksharbramhavakta to Purushottamta His Mahatmya (importance) of this festival.