Ritual ceremonies are very important for the welfare and evolution of this world as they create vibrations that maintain and sustain the energy of nature.
On Saturday 20th February at the Bhakti Marga Center Kenya, devotees and followers came together for a puja and kirtan session. The afternoon started with a Guru puja followed by puja to Lord Narasimha. Narasimha Kavacham, the armour of Narasimha, and other Narasimha prayers like the 108 names glorifying Lord Narashima were chanted by devotees whilst the puja was being conducted.
Narasimha Kavacham Stotram is from the Brahmanda Purana. Spoken and offered by Prahlad Maharaj the hymn of praise glorifies Lord Narasimha who is the fourth incarnation of the supreme Lord Narayana. He appeared in a half human half lion form to protect His devotee Prahlad from his father Hiranyakashipu. Kavacha means a Shield or Armour. The Narasimha Kavacham Stotram is a prayer to the Lord for protection.
Although His form appears ferocious, Lord Nrsingadev or Lord Narasimha is the sweetest of all to those who are surrendered to the Lord and He is the most merciful protector of His devotees. In these times, the world needs His energy, grace and power. Lord Nrsingadev restores balance and destroys spiritual pride. He eliminates all darkness and cleanses and purifies the mind of all negativity.
“Lord Nrsingadev or Lord Narasimha shows you that for the sake of those who have surrendered to Him He will do anything. He will take any aspect and He will come.” – Paramahamsa Vishwananda
An excerpt from Paramahamsa Vishwananda’s book Just Love 3 has a mention on Lord Narasimha as below:
“You see, the form of Nrshinga or Narasimha, most of the time is very terrifying. It’s terrifying for us, because similarly, whatever negativity we have inside of us, is also terrifying for the soul.
When all this negativity which is inside of us says, “Look, I am great!” what does the Lord show? He says, “Okay, you are great, but I am the greater One!” He shows His more powerful form and this Ugra form – Ugra, meaning the form of anger − that He expresses is to kill the anger, pride, egoism inside of us, showing that He is above all this. If somebody focuses on Him, He will remove, He will strip all this negativity out of him, but only if one surrenders. If you don’t surrender, it’s difficult. ”