Nrsimha Caturdasi

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-srngam
dalita-hiranyakasipu-tanu-bhrngam
keshava dhrta-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisa hare

Lord Narasimhadeva Kills Hiranyakashipu

“O Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasp like demon Hiranyakashipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.”

This year, Nrsimha Caturdasi or the Appearance of Lord Nrsimha Dev is on Tuesday, May 9. Devotees fast til dusk.