Pratheeshta (Installation) of Lord Lakshmi-Narasimha Swamy at the Parashakthi Temple, Pontiac, Michigan for attaining Universal Harmony and Peace.
Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Gayatri:
Om Vajranakhaya Vidhmahe
Tanno Narasimha Prachothayat
Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Mantra:
Ugram Veeram MahaVishnum
Jwalantham Sarvatho Mukham
Nrusimham Bheeshanam Bhadram
Mruthyor Mrutyum Namamyaham
Aum Ugram Veeram Mahaavishnum Jwalantam Sarvatomukham Nrusimham Bheeshanam Bhadram Mrutyu Mrutyum Namaamyaham
"I bow down to Lord Narasimha who is ferocious and heroic like Lord Vishnu. He is aflame from every side. He is terrific, auspicious and the death of death personified."
The Parashakthi Temple in Pontiac, Michigan resounded to the loud chanting of the above Bheejamala Sthotram during the Jaladhivaasam, Dhanyadhivaasam, Pushpadhivaasam, Sayanadhivaasam, Navarathna-Yanthra Samarpanam , Pratheeshta and the 8 hour long Yagnam during the installation of Lord Lakshmi-Narasimha Swamy from October 26 through October 28, 2007.
Lord Narasimha is an incarnation and one of the Dasavatharams of Lord Mahavishnu. The Lord appeared as a part Lion- part Human form in order to kill the Asura King Hiranyakashipu since this King had attained a boon which insisted that he can be killed by neither beast nor Humans. Thus, by appearing as a Lion-Man, He could kill the Asura King without violating the boon. God is omnipresent and omnipotent; God will find ways to destroy evil, God will do whatever is necessary to fulfill the just desires of a true devotee like Prahlada and God will never let down anyone who has faith in Him. This Avatar of Lord Vishnu indicates that although Hiranyakashipu is an Asura, he is blessed by the Lord since the Lord appears before him and also cradles him in His lap, consumes him and thus takes Hiranyakashipu into Himself which represents ultimate salvation. However, when Lord Nrisimha appeared, He was in an extremely angry form known as Ugra Narasimha and or Jwala Nrisimha. The angry mode continued even after the demonic element namely Hiranyakashipu was destroyed. Shri Mahalakshmi then appeared in order to calm down the Lord and so she sat on His lap and held him and thus cajoled Him to attain the Shanti (peaceful) mode. Thus, the combined form of the Lord with Sridevi sitting on His lap came to be known as Lakshmi-Nrisimha. Adi Shankara composed a very inspiring sloka known as Lakshmi Nrisimha Karavalambam wherein He describes this aspect of the Lord’s avataram and goes on to explain the significance and benefits that accrue to the worshippers of Lord Lakshmi Nrisimha. Worshipping Lord Nrisimha along with Mahalakshmi endows the devotee with wealth, health, prosperity, longevity and protects the devotees from disease and malefic effects of planets. In addition, it ensures the destruction of evil forces and assures the establishment of Universal peace.
During the 40 days of preinstallation ceremonies, the deity was placed respectively in water (Jaladhivaasam), bed of grains (Dhanyadhivaasam) and bed of flowers (Pushpadhivaasam) as prescribed in the Holy Scriptures. Then, on October 26, the deity was placed on a special bed depicting Yoga nidhra (Sleep mode/Sayanadhivaasam) and on October 27 morning, the deity was placed on top of a Lakshmi Nrisimha Yanthra which was made by a mystical Narasimha worshipper in India along with offerings of navarathna by devotees and panchloka (5 pieces of metals). The Temple priests with guidance and chanting of the Chaya Atharva Veda by Shri V. V. Sridhar Guruji of the Jwala Central trust in Hyderabad performed the stipulated installation ceremonies during which the assembled devotees chanted the Bheejamala Sthotram and the Narasimha Gayathri. Shri Guruji came especially from India to participate in the functions on October 26-28. Shri Shridhar Guruji is a great devotee of Lord Nrisimha, and is the only living exponent of Chaya Atharva Veda which is an assortment of potent mystic precepts that find expression in five languages namely, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, Persian and Arabic. Its hymns and practices aim at effectively cleansing the human mind of negative thoughts and the environment of evil Aksharas. Sri Guruji has evolved a mystic methodology to perform Maha Sudarashana Nrusimha Yagnas with combinations of Dhanwantri and Sarpa Narayana aspects. On the last day on October 28, Guruji performed an 8 hour long Maha Dhanwantri Sudarashana Yagnam ( Fire offering) wherein, in the midst of chanting from the Holy Chaya, Krishna Mohana Tantram, Nrusimha Tapinyopanishad and other scriptures, Sri Guruji eloquently and humorously described the meanings of the chanting and benefits that accrue by performing this Yagna. Guruji was ably helped in performing the Yagna by his many disciples who had come from far off places in Canada and the USA.
The impetus for the installation of Lord Lakshmi Nrisimha came as a result of a divine Thuriya meditation experience by Dr. G. Krishna Kumar, The Chairman and Founder of The Parashakthi Temple Board of trustees during which he was instructed by the Eternal Mother Parashakthi to install the Lakshmi Narasimha deity in order to ensure the suppression of evil forces and victory of the righteous. Thus, the purpose of this installation was to enable of the worship of Lakshmi Nrisimha in order to bring peace and harmony in this troubled world. Several hundred devotees from the Midwest mainly but also from other parts of the country and Canada attended these functions and received the blessings of the Lord. The Mandala Puja for 48 days following the installation is being conducted regularly every day in the Temple. The Maha Mandala Puja on the 48th day will be celebrated in an elaborate and detailed fashion on December 14, 2007.
This report concludes with the sloka “Om Namo Namaste Jayasimha Roopa, (I bow down to the victorious Lion form of the Lord) Om Namo Namaste Narasimha Roopa (I bow down to the Man-Lion form of the Lord), Om Namo Namaste Ranasimha Roopa, (I bow down to the blood coverd form of the Lord) Om Namo Namaste Narasimha Roopa” (I bow down and surrender to Lord Nrisimha).