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Narasimha Jayanti 2017: Why Lord Narasimha is known as the 4th Incarnation of Lord Vishnu?

To end evil in the form of demon Hiranyakashipu, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of his 4th 'Avatar' or incarnation Narasimha, a half man and half lion on the Narasimha Jayanti day.

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May 3, 2017: According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Narasimha is considered to be the 4th incarnation or “Avatar” of Lord Vishnu. Hindus celebrate Vaishakha Shukla Chaturdashi as Narasimha Jayanti. To end evil in the form of demon Hiranyakashipu, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha, a half man and half lion on the Narasimha Jayanti day, which is on May 9, every year.

It is considered that the combination of Vaishakha Shukla Chaturdashi with Swati Nakshatra and weekday Saturday is highly auspicious for the observation of Narasimha Jayanti Vratam.

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There are a number of rules and guidelines, similar to those of Ekadashi fasting, to observe Narasimha Jayanti fasting. Devotees are supposed to consume only one single meal one day before Narasimha Jayanti. During the fasting, all type of grains and cereals are prohibited. The next day at an appropriate time the fast is broken maintaining certain rules; this is called ‘Parana’.

On the day of Narasimha Jayanti, devotees take an oath or ‘Sankalp’ during the afternoon period (‘Madhyahna’). Lord Narasimha Pujan is performed during Sanyakal before sunset. The popular belief is that Lord Narasimha appeared during sunset while Chaturdashi was prevailing. Night vigil is advised to be kept and Visarjan Puja is supposed to be performed next day morning. After performing Visarjan Puja and giving Dana to Brahmin on the next day, the devotees can end the fast.

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Narasimha Jayanti fast is to be broken the next day when Chaturdashi Tithi is over after sunrise. In the case of Chaturdashi Tithi getting over before sunrise then the devotees can break the fast any time after sunrise after completing Jayanti rituals. If Chaturdashi gets over very late, in case if Chaturdashi prevails beyond three-fourth of Dinamana (the time window between sunrise and sunset), then it is permitted to break the fast in the first half of Dinamana.

There are lists available about the details: Madhyahna time to take Sankalp, Sanyakal duration to perform Puja and Parana time on next day to break the fast and more. It should be mentioned that all these timings and schedules are based on location hence it is mandatory to change location before noting down Puja and Parana timings.

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This year’s Narasimha Jayanti is on 9th May, which is a Tuesday. According to the standard 24-hour clock, the timings are:
Madhyahna Sankalp Time = 10:15 to 12:51
Narasimha Jayanti Sanyakal Puja Time = 15:27 to 18:03 (Duration = 2 Hours 35 Mins)
On 10th, Parana Time for Narasimha Jayanti = 05:02 Onwards
On Parana Day Chaturdashi would be over before Sunrise

Also, Chaturdashi Tithi Begins around 23:16 on May 8, 2017 and it ends around 01:07 on May 10, 2017.

– by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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Top 3 Most Famous South Indian temples

These temples' architecture is very good. Apart from this, the art in these temples holds great importance

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Temples in South India are decorated with art and paintings. Pixabay

Here is a list of top 3 South Indian temples.

1. Tirupati Tirumala Temple, Lord Vishnu

The Tirupati Temple is one of the most important temples in South India. This Temple is very much popular with all the pilgrims and is located in Chittoor, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Daily, a lot of pilgrims are visiting this temple from all over India, and also from foreign countries. It is one of the richest temples in India. Every year, crores of rupees are received from the devotees through hundial, and also received from various endowment donations. Nithya annadanam scheme is very much popular in Tirupati. A lot of devotees are consuming good and tasty divine food daily. Hence it is a must to visit this temple, at least once in a year and to offer our prayers, to have annadanam and to offer money based on our financial background, and to get Lord Sree Venkateswara’s divine blessings forever.

2. Ramanatha Swamy Temple, Lord Shiva:

The Ramanatha Swamy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is situated at Rameswaram.

People are visiting here for doing their ancestral rituals, and it is very famous for that. This is one of the ancient temples of South India. Free food is offered in the temple for more than 100 devotees. Aadi Amavasya, Thai Amavasya and Mahalaya Amavasya pitru rituals are very popular in this temple. We can take a bath from the sacred wells situated inside the temple. It is a must to visit this temple, to get relieved from various sins, and also by clearing our ancestral debts by doing pitru tharpan. Many sites seeing places are also there nearby Rameswaram. We can visit Abdul Kalam Sir’s Memorial also in Rameswaram. Dhanushkodi is the best sightseeing place situated near Rameswaram.

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There are hundreds of temples in South India where people go to worship. Pixabay

3.Virupaksha Temple of Lord Shiva

The virupaksha temple is one of the most famous temple of south India situated at Hampi, Karnataka. This is one of the sacred temples of Lord Shiva and it was established in 7th century AD and also it is one of the oldest temples in India. It is a must to visit this temple since it is surrounded by natural beauty. The temple continues to prosper and attracts huge crowds for the marriage festivities of Virupaksha in the month of December every year.

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