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Narasimha Jayanti 2024 Date, Tithi Time, Significance, Rituals

Posted on May 19, 2024

Narasimha Jayanti is a Hindu festival that commemorates the birth of Lord Narasimha, the fourth avatar of Lord Vishnu. This day is observed on the 14th day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month of Vaishakha. Lord Narasimha, known for his half-lion, half-man form, is revered for his role in protecting his devotee Prahlada from his tyrannical father, Hiranyakashipu.

Narasimha Jayanti 2024 Date: May 21, Tuesday.
Tithi Time: May 21, 05:40 PM – May 22, 06:48 PM.

Significance of Narasimha Jayanti

Narasimha Jayanti holds immense significance for devotees, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and the protection of the righteous. Lord Narasimha is often worshipped as the fierce protector who eradicates evil and restores dharma (righteousness).

The Legend of Narasimha

The story of Narasimha is one of the most dramatic and powerful tales in Hindu mythology. Hiranyakashipu, a demon king, was granted a boon that made him virtually indestructible. He could not be killed by man or beast, indoors or outdoors, during the day or night, on earth or in the sky, with any weapon. Believing himself invincible, he demanded that everyone worship him as a god. However, his son Prahlada remained a steadfast devotee of Lord Vishnu.

Enraged by his son’s devotion, Hiranyakashipu subjected Prahlada to severe punishments, but Prahlada’s faith remained unshaken. Finally, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha—neither man nor beast. At twilight (neither day nor night), he emerged from a pillar (neither indoors nor outdoors) and placed Hiranyakashipu on his lap (neither on earth nor in the sky), using his claws (neither a weapon nor an object) to kill the demon king. This unique form and timing fulfilled the conditions of the boon and ensured Hiranyakashipu’s defeat.

Rituals and Observances

Devotees observe Narasimha Jayanti with various rituals to honor Lord Narasimha. Key practices include:

  1. Fasting: Many devotees observe a day-long fast, breaking it only after the evening rituals.
  2. Puja and Prayers: Special prayers and pujas are performed, often including the chanting of mantras and reading of scriptures like the Narasimha Kavacham and the Prahlada Charitra.
  3. Abhishekam: Devotees perform the Abhishekam (ceremonial bathing) of Lord Narasimha’s idols with various sacred substances like milk, yogurt, honey, and water.
  4. Recitation of Hymns: Devotees recite hymns and bhajans dedicated to Lord Narasimha, praising his valor and protective nature.
  5. Charity: Acts of charity, such as feeding the poor and donating to temples, are encouraged on this auspicious day.

Celebrations Across India

Narasimha Jayanti is celebrated with great fervor in various parts of India, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. Temples dedicated to Lord Narasimha, such as the Ahobilam Temple in Andhra Pradesh and the Narasimha Swamy Temple in Karnataka, witness grand festivities and large gatherings of devotees.


Narasimha Jayanti is a festival that inspires devotees to uphold righteousness and trust in divine protection. By celebrating this day, followers of Lord Vishnu reaffirm their faith in his incarnations and the eternal victory of good over evil.

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