What Is Narsimha Dwadashi?
The ferocious Avtaar of Vishnu: Narsimha Dwadashi is dedicated to the worship of the Narsimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. When Vishnu was incarnated as, half Man and half lion in order to kill the Demon king Hirananyakashchap. Narsimha Dwadashi as the name suggests falls on the 12th day of the Phalgun (February-March). Like every other festival it is also known as the Govinda Dwadashi
The story that is popularly surrounded around Narsimha is that, the Evil king called Hiranyakashyap wanted to take revenge of his brother’s death from Lord Vishnu. He after praying to Brahma got a boon that would make him unbeatable and supreme leader.
However Hiranyakashyap’s son Prahlad was a devote worshiper of lord Vishnu; this did not go well with Hiranyakashyap. In order to put down the lord he asked Prahlad to proof the existence of God. Then at that point Prahlad pointed at the pillar. An Angry Hiranyakashyap hit the pillar with his mace, it was then the lord appeared in front him in the Narsimha Avtar.
Lord Vishnu in Narsimha Avtar killed Hiranyakashyap and established Prahlad as the king, at the end established good over evil.
On Narsimha Dwadashi one can be seen fasting in the name of Lord Narasimha and chanting the slokas dedicated to him.
This is the best way to get his blessings in order to make us courageous, and helps us in successfully defeating our problems. At the same time endow us with happiness and peace within the family and success for future.
Lord Narasimha always blesses his devotees with bravery, confidence and strength. Hence if this vrat is observed it will be important for a better life.
Narasimha Dwadashi is perhaps one of the most effective fasts. It is also said that worship of Narsimha Bhagwaan brings, good luck prosperity liberation from sins, and protecting devotees from evils
The procedure/ Ritual to do the vrat:
One way is that devotees can get up early in morning to take a dip in holy rivers. Any water body that is available locally can be used for this puja. While dipping in rives and holy water, one can chant Vishnu Mantra, at the same time chanting Narsimha mantra brings prosperity and happiness.
Another way is when People give charity to needy, visit to local Vishnu Temples
It is better to stay awake in night while chanting the mantras as this is the best way for celebration of this festival.
The rules and guidelines to observe Narsimha Dwadashi, fasting to other Dwadashi fastings. Devotees eat only single meal one day before Narsimha Dwadashi. All types of grains and cereals are prohibited during Narsimha Dwadashi fasting.
Prana, which means breaking of the fast, can be done on the next day of Narsimha Dwadashi at the appropriate time.
If above mentioned techniques are not possible to follows then, one can pray to the deities of various rivers, in the water they use for bathing.
Devotees in large number flung to Mahodadhi Teerth at the coast of Puri, as it is of astrological importance. Here the followers perform puja, by offering fruits flowers and prasads. You can perform the Lord Narsimha Puja on this auspicious day for you and your family.