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Merciful Nrsimhadev

Thursday, 23 April 2009 / Published in Articles / 5,561 views

By Amogha das

A few years ago I presented a photo table at a Sunday feast at one of our temples. One devotee came up to the table and held a photo of Lord Nrsimhadev in his hands. I encouraged him to take Lord Nrsimhadev home, but he said, “If I was qualified to worship Him!” and quickly walked away. He seemed to be afraid of Lord Nrsimhadev.

More recently my daughter and her husband removed the photo of Lord Nrsimhadev from their altar because they heard that some couples had been devastated by worshiping an Ugra Nrsimha Deity in their home. Ugra Nrsimha is the terrifying form of the Lord standing ready to attack the demons and totally destroy them, in order to save His devotee Prahlad. To worship Him in His Deity form one must be strictly celibate, and there are many strict rules and methods of worship. One point is that having a photo of a Deity on an altar is not the same as having a Deity, but more importantly, Lord Nrsimhadev in Mayapur is extremely merciful.

If we read about the appearance and pastimes of Mayapur Lord Nrsimhadev as published by His Grace Pankajanghri Prabhu, we will find that the Deity maker warned devotees of possible devastation if they incorrectly worship Ugra Nrsimha. However, because this Nrsimha Deity would be appearing in the land of Gauranga, He would be different from Ugra Nrsimha because He would adopt the mood of the predominating Deity of that place. That mood, the mood of Nityananda and Gauranga, is to forget the faults of devotees and only see their devotion, and bless them with love for Krishna.

It is written that Lord Nityananda is Lord Balaram plus mercy. He is non-different than Lord Balaram, yet He is different than Lord Balaram because of His unprecedented mercy upon the fallen souls. In fact, the abode of Nitai Gauranga is called “audharya,” which means it manifests mercy upon the devotees regardless of their faults.

In a similar way, Lord Nrsimhadev at ISKCON Mayapur is non-different than Ugra Nrsimha, yet He is very different than Ugra Nrsimha because of His unprecedented mercy. Therefore I have started the web site with the title “Merciful Nrsimhadev.”

Careful study of the pastimes here will give us the realization that this Mayapur Nrsimhadev is extremely kind and merciful to all.
After we offered a night set of clothing to Merciful Nrsimhadev a few years ago, Jananivas Prabhu sat down with my wife Mohini Rupa and me in the temple. He told us that Lord Nrsimhadev derives ecstasy from serving Gauranga by helping devotees of His sankirtan movement.

I pondered the idea of one form of the Lord serving another. Isn’t it true that Lord Balaram manifest’s Lord Krishna’s shoes, umbrella and other paraphernelia to serve Him? Isn’t it true that Lord Nityananda serves Gauranga? And Advaita Acarya?”

I had often thought about the photographs I make of Merciful Nrsimhadev, feeling that His face reveals not anger but a huge ecstatic smile. Hearing Jananinvas Prabhu’s words confirmed that feeling. His eyes may reveal a deep ecstasy, on the level of the enjoyment of the the Supreme Lord–an interesting meditation.

As stated in the accounts that are displayed at, “Although very ferocious, the lioness is very kind to her cubs. Similarly, although very ferocious to non-devotees like Hiranyakasipu, Lord Nrsimhadeva is very, very gentle and kind to His
devotees like Prahlada Maharaja.”

Lord Nrsimhadev appeared to a devotee to say “There is no need to fear Me. Please give up this fear.” We should take this to heart and not fear this most unusual form of Lord Nrsimhadev residing in Gauranga’s abode. Worshiping Him will bring love and protection, not devastation.

your servant,
Amogha das
[I gratefully received approval of this article by Their Graces Jananivas and Pankajanghri Prabhus today–Varuthini Ekadasi 2009.]

4 Responses to “Merciful Nrsimhadev”

  1. Thank you Amogha Prabhu for pointing this out.
    There is many places where Ugra Narasimha is worshipped such as Ahovalam in South India ,the place where Lrod Narasimha manifested from a pillar and killed Hiranykasipu.
    Lord Narasimha is very kind to His devotees, actually after Lord Narasimha killed Hiranyakasipu and the asuras He came to Narasimha palli in Godruma Dvipa, in Navadvipa and rested there.Srila Bhaktivinda Thakura has explained that even the demigods came and build residents there to be with Lord He must have blessed this place for some time.So personally I believe this place is more important to devotees in the line of Lord Caitanya, as we are in ISKCON.And Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has offered his prayers to Lord Narasimha at this place, and Lord Narasimha responded and blessed Bhaktivinoda Thakura :
    35 South east of there is Nrsimha Puri. When will I see the pure transcendental sweetness of this place, also called Deva-palli? I will roll about on the ground in ecstatic love while visiting this residence of Lord Nrsimha. Sincerely begging for His grace without a trace of duplicity in my heart, I will attain Krsna-prema.
    36 Within my sinful heart the six enemies headed by lust perpetually reside, as well as duplicity, the desire for fame, plus sheer cunning. At the lotus feet of Lord Nrsimha, I hope that He will mercifully purify my heart and give me the desire to serve Lord Krsna.
    37 Weeping, I will beg at the lotus feet of Lord Nrsimha for the benediction of worshipping Radha and Krsna in Navadvipa, perfectly safe and free from all difficulties. When will this Lord Hari, whose terrible form strikes fear into fear itself, ever become pleased and show Me His mercy?
    38 Even though Lord Nrsimha is terrifying toward the sinful souls He offers great auspiciousness unto the devotees of Lord Krsna headed by Prahlada Maharaja. When will He be pleased to speak words of compassion unto me, a worthless fool, and thereby make me fearless?
    39 He will say, “Dear child! Sit down freely and live happily here in Sri Gauranga Dhama. May you nicely worship the Divine Couple and may you develop loving attachment for Their holy names. By the mercy of My devotees, all obstacles are cast far away. with a purified heart, just perform the worship of Radha and Krsna, for such worship overflows with sweet nectar.”
    40 Saying this, will that Lord delightedly place His own divine lotus feet upon my head?
    Suddenly I will experience sublime love for the Divine Couple Radha-Krsna and undergo the ecstatic transformations called sattvika. Falling on the ground, I will roll about by the door of Sri Nrsimha’s temple.

  2. In Mayapure we are worshipping Lord Ugra Narasimha through Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya so Lord Narasimha takes on a very merciful form for the protection of the devotees
    ugro ‘py anugra evayam sva-bhaktanam nri-keshari kesarivo sva-potanam anyesham ugra-vikramaha

    “Although very ferocious, the lioness is very kind to her cubs. Similarly, although very ferocious to non-devotees like Hiranyakashipu, Lord Nrisimhadeva is very, very soft and kind to devotees like Prahlada Maharaja.”

    Lord Caitanya once assumed the mood of Lord Narasimha and ran through one village in Navadvipa and everyone was so scared…but Srivasa Thakura pacified Lord Caitanya that whoever had just seen Him assume the mood of Lord Narasimha would be liberated from birth and death.
    Srivasa Thakura was once worshiping Lord Narasimha because the muslims where coming to kill him and his family , Lord Caitanya came rushing into srivasa Thakuras alterroom kicking the door in roaring :” I am He”.I am He.
    That is Lord Caitanya is Himself Lord Narasimha.Nrsimhananda das a great devotee of Lord Caitanya also was given this realization, that Lord Caitanya and Lord Narasimha are one and the same.Lord Caitanya is avatari so all incarnations are with Lord Caitanya or within if you like,
    In Gaura Ganodessa Dipika it is stated:
    29. All these incarnations entered the body of Lord Caitanya, just as the incarnations of the Lord formerly entered the transcendental body of Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

    30. Although the various incarnations of the Lord, who all manifested inconceivable transcendental qualities, were situated in various parts of the spiritual and material worlds, nevertheless, by the power of the Lord’s yogamaya energy, They all assembled together within the transcendental form of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
    So as Gaudiya Vaisnavas that is our vision.

  3. I was reading some Puranic references about devotees worshipping Ugra Narasimha.Generally it is understood that only a brahmacary or sanyasi that lives in complete celibacy should worship Ugra Narasimha salagrama Sila.I also worshipped Ugra Narasimha Salagram Sila until I got married,However after reading that some Brahmacaries in ancient time worshippd Lord UgraNarasimha Sila with a desire to go t heavenly pknets to enjoy. It made me contemplate.Actually Prahlada Maharaja the greatest Narasimha Bhakta worshipped a Ugra Narasimha Salagrama Sila that is stil there in Melkote in Karnataka.He was a grhastha brahmacari…but a pure devotee, So if any sincere grhastha follows the ffootstpes of Prahlada Maharaja they can also worship Ugra Narasimha Deity or Salagram Sila

  4. Hari-bhakti-vilasa (5.322-323), discussing the worship of some śālagrāma-śīlās, cites the following verses:

    kapilo narasiṁho’tha pṛthu-cakre ca śobhane | brahmacaryādhikārī syān nānyathā pūjanaṁ bhavet ||
    narasiṁhas tri-binduḥ syāt kapilaḥ pañca-bindukaḥ | brahmacaryeṇa pūjyaḥ syād anyathā sarva-vighnadaḥ ||

    “The Kapila and Narasimha silas are decorated with wide cakras; one must have the qualification of brahmacarya, otherwise they cannot be worshiped. The Narasimha has three dots, and the Kapila has five dots; they must be worshiped with celibacy, for otherwise all obstacles shall befall.”

    The Hari Bhakti Vilasa does not state a grhastha can not worship Narasimha Sila but he must be living strictly in celibacy, it appears one should be finished having children with ones wife as well .

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