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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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Study Shows that Intermittent Fasting May Up Diabetes Risk

If you are doing intermittent fasting to reduce your weight, you may be at higher risk of diabetes, a new study suggests.

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If you are doing intermittent fasting to reduce your weight, you may be at higher risk of diabetes, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that fasting every other day to lose weight impairs the action of sugar-regulating hormone — insulin — which may increase the risk of diabetes.

The findings, presented at the Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2018, in Barcelona, suggest that fasting-based diets may be associated with long-term health risks and careful consideration should be made before starting such weight loss programmes.

Type-2 diabetes is a growing global epidemic that is often attributed to poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle, so is closely linked to obesity.

Blood sugar is partially regulated by the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas if insulin levels are too low, or the body becomes resistant to its effects. Type-2 diabetes and high blood sugar levels can cause serious health issues, including heart, kidney and eye damage.

The findings are important due to the potential health benefits of eggs for people with pre-diabetes and Type-2 diabetes as well as the general population, the research said.
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“This is the first study to show that, despite weight loss, intermittent fasting diets may actually damage the pancreas and affect insulin function in normal healthy individuals, which could lead to diabetes and serious health issues,” said co-author Ana Bonassa from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

For the study, the researchers examined the effects of fasting every other day on the body weight, free radical levels and insulin function of normal, adult rats, over three months.

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Although the rats’ body weight and food intake decreased as expected over the study period, the amount of fat tissue in their abdomen actually increased, the researcher said.

The cells of the pancreas that release insulin showed damage, with the presence of increased levels of free radicals and markers of insulin resistance were also detected, the researchers added. (IANS)