The half-man, half lion incarnation: appearance day of Nrsimhadeva
Nrsimhadeva (nri-SING-ha-deva) appeared during a previous age, hundreds of thousands of years ago, especially to save His young devotee Prahlad (pra-LAHD) Maharaja from the abuse of his father Hiranyakashipu (hi-rahn-ya-KAH-shi-pu).
The despotic king Hiranyakashipu had performed frightening austerities to gain the benediction that he would be protected from death in almost unlimited ways. Because he was so wicked, however, especially in his treatment of the Lord's devotees, Krishna personally came and killed Hiranyakashipu in a way no one could have imagined.
Here are some suggestions for how you can observe the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva.
- Kind to those Surrendered to Him, by Aruna Locana dasi
- Lord Nrsimhadeva Removes Obstacles on the Path of Pure Devotion, by Karnamrita dasa
- —New Vrindavan's 24-hour Kirtan festival 2010 (Check out track #33 "Nrsimha Pranam" (prayers to Lord Nrsimhadeva) by Jagannath Kirtan dasa)
- Prahlad Pacifies the Lord with Prayers—a dramatic narration by Harinama Cintamani dasi