Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Gayathri
Om Vajranakhaya Vidhmahe
Tanno Narasimha Prachodhayaath
Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Manthra
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 Parasakthi Temple in Pontiac, Michigan resounded to the loud chanting of the above Bheejamala Sthothram during the Jaladhivaasam, Dhanyadhivaasam, Pushpadhivaasam, Sayanadhivaasam, Navarathna-Yanthra Samarpanam, Prathishta, and the 8-hour long Yagnam during the installation of Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha from October 26th to October 28th, 2007.
Lord Sri Narasimha is an incarnation and one of the Dasavatharams of Lord Sri Mahavishnu. The Lord appeared as a part Lion and 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 and He will find ways to destroy evil. God will do whatever is necessary to fulfill the just desires of a true devotee like Prahlada and He will never let down anyone who has faith in Him. This Avatar of Lord Sri 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. Lord Sri Narasimha consumes Hiranyakashipu and thus takes him into Himself which represents the ultimate salvation. However, when Lord Sri Narasimha appeared, He was in an extremely angry form known as Ugra Narasimha or Jwala Narasimha. The angry mode continued even after the demonic element namely Hiranyakashipu was destroyed. Devi Sri 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 Santhi (peaceful) mode. Thus, the combined form of the Lord with Sri Devi sitting on His lap came to be known as Sri Lakshmi Narasimha. Aadhi Sankara composed a very inspiring sloka known as Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Karavalambam wherein He describes this aspect of the Lord’s avatar and goes on to explain the significance and benefits that accrue to the worshippers of Lord Sri Lakshmi Narasimha. Worshipping Lord Sri Narasimha along with Sri 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 the preinstallation ceremonies, the Deity was placed respectively in water (Jaladhivaasam), on a bed of grains (Dhanyadhivaasam) and a bed of flowers (Pushpadhivaasam) as prescribed in the Holy Scriptures. On October 26th, the Deity was placed on a special bed depicting Yoga Nidhra (Sleep mode/Sayanadhivaasam) and on October 27th morning, the Deity was placed on top of a Lakshmi Narasimha Yanthra which was made by a mystical Narasimha worshipper in India along with offerings of Navarathnas and Panchalohas (5 pieces of metals)by devotees. The temple priests with the 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 Sthothram and the Narasimha Gayathri. Sri Guruji came especially from India to participate in the functions from October 26th to 28th. Sri Shridhar Guruji is a great devotee of Lord Sri Narasimha 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 Sudarsana Narasimha Yagnas with combinations of Sri Dhanvanthri and Sarpa Narayana aspects. On the last day on October 28th, Guruji performed an 8-hour long Maha Dhanvantri Sudarasana Yagnam (fire offering) wherein, in the midst of chanting from the Holy Chaya, Krishna Mohana Thanthram, Narasimha Tapinyopanishad and other scriptures, Sri Guruji eloquently and humorously described the meanings of the chanting and benefits that accrue by performing this Yagna. Sri 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 Sri Lakshmi Narasimha came as a result of a divine Thuriya meditation experience by Dr. G. Krishna Kumar, The Chairman and Founder of The Parasakthi Temple Board of trustees during which he was instructed by the Eternal Mother Parasakthi 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 the worship of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha 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 14th, 2007.
“Om Namo Namaste Jayasimha Rupa
(I bow down to the victorious Lion form of the Lord)
Om Namo Namaste Narasimha Rupa
(I bow down to the Man-Lion form of the Lord),
Om Namo Namaste Ranasimha Rupa,
(I bow down to the blood-covered form of the Lord)
Om Namo Namaste Narasimha Rupa,
(I bow down and surrender to Lord Nrisimha)"