We are very happy to invite you to celebrate the auspicious festival of Nityananda Trayodashi, the appearance day of Lord Nityananda, the incarnation of Lord Balarama for the age of Kali Yuga.
500 years ago Sri Sri Krishna Balarama incarnated as yugavatars for Kali-yuga in Mayapur (West Bengal) as Sri Sri Gaur Nitai and spread the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra to deliver the people of Kali Yuga.
On this day, the glories and pastimes of Sri Nityananda Prabhu from the great scriptures Chaitanya Charitamrita and Chaitanya Bhagavat are narrated in the morning and abhishek of Their Lordships is performed in the evening followed by bhoga offering and maha-arati.
The program details are as follows,
Date : January 29, 2018, Monday
5:00 am to 5:30 am – Mangal Arati
5:45 am to 8:00 am – Japa (Chanting)
8:00 am to 8:45 am – Shringar Darshan followed by Guru Puja
8:45 am to 10:00 am – ‘Glories of Lord Nityananda’ (morning class)
6:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Abhishek of Sri Sri Gaur Nitai
(Devotees may bring bhoga for pleasure of Lord Nityananda
before 06:00 pm to Deity kitchen)
7:00 pm to 8:45 pm – Evening festival class followed by Maha arati
8:00 pm onward – Prasadam feast
9:30 pm – Darshan closes
This festival, which comes in the month of April- May is a very special day for all the devotees. Lord Narasimha Deva appears to protect his devotees. Hiranyakashipu, a demon controlling the three world, was extremely proud and he hated Lord Vishnu. But little Prahlada, his five year old son, was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, Hiranyakashipu tried to kill Prahlada in several ways; but failed in all his attempts because of the protection given by Lord to his dear devotee.
Finally when Hiranyakashipu asked his little son where the Lord resides, Prahlada replied that the Lord resides everywhere. Mocking this response, Hiranyakashipu broke a pillar in his palace, and the Lord appeared from that pillar in his half man-half lion incarnation – Narasimha. He then killed the demon and thus protected his devotee. Lord Narasimha Deva removes the obstacles in the path of devotional service. Devotees who pray to him are always protected from all kinds of calamities. At Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir, devotees celebrate Narasimha Chaturdasi by discussing the pastimes of the Lord from Srimad Bhagavatam. In the evening, Abhishek ceremony is performed for Deity of Lord Narasimha Deva as well as for his devotee Prahlada.