Srila Prabhupada explains everyday is a festival in the association with the Supreme Lord. In Brahma Samhita it is stated “Lakshmi sahasra shata sambrahma sevyamanam” the Supreme Lord is served by thousands and thousands of Lakshmi in the spiritual world. Prabhupada wanted his temples to hold various festivals engaging people in singing, dancing, and honouring prasadam. Festivals are the best way to keep devotees engaged and blissful. In this regard ISKCON Sri Narasimha Giridhari Mandir holds festivals every month. One such festival is Svati Utsava.
It is stated in the shastras that the Supreme Lord incarnated Himself as Lord Narasimha to protect His dear devotee Prahlad from his wicked father Hiranyakashipu. The Supreme Lord’s activities remains mystical for the people who do not surrender to Him, for the devotees it is revealed in the heart. The Lord appeared as Sri Narasimha on the auspicious nakshatra of Svati. Commemorating the advent of the Lord, every svatina kshatra is celebrated as Svati Utsava in ISKCON Sri Narasimha Giridhari Mandir.
On this day a Narasimha yagna is conducted in the temple and the one of the Nava Narasimha utsava deities receives an abhisheka with vishesha arghya. Devotees chant various prayers from Brahma Samhita and Srimad Bhagavatam glorifying the Supreme Lord.
A special Narasimha Kavacha is given to the devotees on this day. This Kavacha is worn for the protection by the Lord. The kavacha is worshipped under the lotus feet of Lord Narasimha and then given to the devotees.
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